- the act of killing a tyrant.
- a person who kills a tyrant.
Origin of tyrannicide
1640–50; < Latin tyrrannicīdium (def 1), tyrannicīda (def 2). See tyrant, -i- -cide
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For the Italian ethics of tyrannicide, see back, pp. 169, 170.Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)
John Addington Symonds
The essay, as I had written it, was entitled 'Tyrannicide, a Justification.'
Mr Truelove, however, suggested that it should be called 'Tyrannicide: is it Justifiable?'
And so it came to pass that the pamphlet appeared with the title—'Tyrannicide: is it Justifiable?
There was only one passage which in any way bore on the subject of tyrannicide, and that certainly did not express approval.Modern Leaders: Being a Series of Biographical Sketches
- the killing of a tyrant
- a person who kills a tyrant