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[tir-uh-nuh s] /ˈtɪr ə nəs/
Origin of tyrannous
1485-95; < Latin tyrann(us) tyrant + -ous
Related forms
tyrannously, adverb
tyrannousness, noun
nontyrannous, adjective
nontyrannously, adverb
nontyrannousness, noun
Can be confused
tyrannous, tyrannosaur. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Some influences are tyrannous; they impose themselves, they dominate, they enslave.

  • But the War brought to an end the bad old days of a tyrannous minority.

  • The tyrannous temper of his new consort became the torment of his life.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • You could not call it thinking, this possession of her mind by one tyrannous idea.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • All asperity and tyrannous rudeness is held to be out of place.

    Bardell v. Pickwick Percy Fitzgerald
  • It is the impending judgment of the tyrannous rich that is primarily in his mind.

    The Expositor's Bible: Alfred Plummer
  • The scary rabbit is an impetuous, tyrannous and jealous lover.

  • No, I will be tyrannous, and a most deep revenger: the order shall stand.

  • Much must be our care; till night we leave you; I am your servant, be not tyrannous.

  • By tyranny and by judgement,—that is, by a forced and tyrannous judgement,—he was taken.

    The Expositor's Bible George Adam Smith
Word Origin and History for tyrannous

late 15c., from Latin tyrannus (see tyrant) + -ous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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