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verb (used without object), tyr·an·nized, tyr·an·niz·ing.
  1. to exercise absolute power or control, especially cruelly or oppressively (often followed by over).
  2. to govern despotically, cruelly, or oppressively.
  3. to govern or reign as a tyrant.
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verb (used with object), tyr·an·nized, tyr·an·niz·ing.
  1. to rule or govern tyrannically; treat oppressively.
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Also especially British, tyr·an·nise.

Origin of tyrannize

1485–95; < French tyranniser < Late Latin tyrannizāre, equivalent to tyrann(us) tyrant + -izāre -ize
Related formstyr·an·niz·er, nountyr·an·niz·ing·ly, adverbout·tyr·an·nize, verb (used with object), out·tyr·an·nized, out·tyr·an·niz·ing.un·tyr·an·nized, adjective
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trample, dictate, persecute, dominate, domineer

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British Dictionary definitions for tyrannized



  1. (when intr, often foll by over) to rule or exercise power (over) in a cruel or oppressive manner
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Derived Formstyrannizer or tyranniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for tyrannized



late 15c., from Middle French tyranniser (14c.), from tyrannie (see tyranny). Related: Tyrannized; tyrannizing.

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