- to exercise absolute power or control, especially cruelly or oppressively (often followed by over).
- to govern despotically, cruelly, or oppressively.
- to govern or reign as a tyrant.
- to rule or govern tyrannically; treat oppressively.
Also especially British, tyr·an·nise.
Origin of tyrannize
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Examples from the Web for tyrannized
Finally, unimaginably, the family that has tyrannized its nation for decades is gone.The Egypt Revolution's Coming Face-Off
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She had tyrannized over him even before the Ivers grew so very rich.Tristram of Blent
She knew what it was to be tyrannized over by powerful neighbours.The Critical Period of American History
She tyrannized over me when she was a lass of six and I was a lad of ten.
He tyrannized over his people and never allowed them to live in peace.Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends
We submit to unity because, in the Romans, we have a common foe; but we are not going to be tyrannized.For the Temple
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- (when intr, often foll by over) to rule or exercise power (over) in a cruel or oppressive manner
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Word Origin and History for tyrannized
late 15c., from Middle French tyranniser (14c.), from tyrannie (see tyranny). Related: Tyrannized; tyrannizing.
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