noun, plural tyr·an·nies.
Origin of tyranny
Examples from the Web for tyrannies
Socialism originally meant to become an effective protest against the tyrannies of all forms of monarchy.Why I am opposed to socialism|Various
The people of Lodi prayed his protection against the tyrannies of Milan.On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2)|John Ruskin
Thousands rise, Prompt at its call, and principled to strike The tyrants and the tyrannies alike!War Poetry of the South|Various
The services for the repairing of roads and bridges are “annoyances” or “tyrannies.”
We may suspect that in Greece itself the tyrannies of the 7th century are the expression of an anti-Dorian reaction.
British Dictionary definitions for tyrannies
noun plural -nies
- government by a tyrant or tyrants; despotism
- similarly oppressive and unjust government by more than one person
Word Origin for tyranny
Word Origin and History for tyrannies
late 14c., "cruel or unjust use of power," from Old French tyrannie (13c.), from Late Latin tyrannia "tyranny," from Greek tyrannia "rule of a tyrant," from tyrannos "master" (see tyrant).