- arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
- the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
- a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
- oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
- undue severity or harshness.
- a cruel or harsh act or proceeding; an arbitrary, oppressive, or tyrannical action.
Origin of tyranny
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Examples from the Web for tyrannies
If they imprison you for resisting their tyrannies, others will take your place.
With all the heat of my own blood I tremble when I think what may be the effect of these tyrannies.
The people of Lodi prayed his protection against the tyrannies of Milan.On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2)
He is as great in your tyrannies as in the sweetest smile of triumphant virtue.The Robbers
This was the cause also of the tyrannies established there, and of the enmity of the Athenians.
- government by a tyrant or tyrants; despotism
- similarly oppressive and unjust government by more than one person
- arbitrary, unreasonable, or despotic behaviour or use of authoritythe teacher's tyranny
- any harsh discipline or oppressionthe tyranny of the clock
- a political unit ruled by a tyrant
- (esp in ancient Greece) government by a usurper
- a tyrannical act
C14: from Old French tyrannie, from Medieval Latin tyrannia, from Latin tyrannus tyrant
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper