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tyrannize

[ tir-uh-nahyz ]
/ 藞t瑟r 蓹藢na瑟z /
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verb (used without object), tyr路an路nized, tyr路an路niz路ing.
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.
verb (used with object), tyr路an路nized, tyr路an路niz路ing.
to rule or govern tyrannically; treat oppressively.
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Also especially British, tyr路an路nise .

Origin of tyrannize

1485鈥95; <French tyranniser<Late Latin tyranniz膩re, equivalent to tyrann(us) tyrant + -iz膩re-ize

OTHER WORDS FROM tyrannize

tyr路an路niz路er, nountyr路an路niz路ing路ly, adverbout路tyr路an路nize, verb (used with object), out路tyr路an路nized, out路tyr路an路niz路ing.un路tyr路an路nized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tyrannize

tyrannize

tyrannise

/ (藞t瑟r蓹藢na瑟z) /

verb
(when intr, often foll by over) to rule or exercise power (over) in a cruel or oppressive manner

Derived forms of tyrannize

tyrannizer or tyranniser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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