[tir-uh-nuh s]


Origin of tyrannous

1485–95; < Latin tyrann(us) tyrant + -ous
Related formstyr·an·nous·ly, adverbtyr·an·nous·ness, nounnon·tyr·an·nous, adjectivenon·tyr·an·nous·ly, adverbnon·tyr·an·nous·ness, noun
Can be confusedtyrannous tyrannosaur
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Examples from the Web for tyrannous

Historical Examples of tyrannous

  • Some influences are tyrannous; they impose themselves, they dominate, they enslave.

  • But the War brought to an end the bad old days of a tyrannous minority.

  • The tyrannous temper of his new consort became the torment of his life.

  • You could not call it thinking, this possession of her mind by one tyrannous idea.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair

  • All asperity and tyrannous rudeness is held to be out of place.

    Bardell v. Pickwick

    Percy Fitzgerald

Word Origin and History for tyrannous

late 15c., from Latin tyrannus (see tyrant) + -ous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper