noun, plural tyr·an·nies.
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Example sentences from the Web for tyranny
It is a woeful abuse of history to claim the filibuster protects the minority from the tyranny of the majority.
These tactics jettison a different kind of tyranny — the tyranny of the click — and leverage the duration of readers’ engagement instead.With quality content, publishers can overcome the ‘tyranny of choice’|Duration Media|October 1, 2020|Digiday
Memory releases our mental life from the tyranny of the present moment.
We are here today to declare that we will never submit to tyranny.Election live updates: Trump returns to Wisconsin; Biden to face live audience at town hall|Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Lewis’s concept was that even that would be preferable to “omnipotent moral busybodies” being in charge, because he said that could lead to what “may be the most oppressive” form of tyranny.William Barr’s eyebrow-raising ‘robber barons’ metaphor for the Trump era|Aaron Blake|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Applying the apartheid label is incorrect—and is also confusing because it obscures the tyranny which is in force.
The Bill of Rights, and especially the First Amendment, were intended to protect the powerless from the tyranny of the powerful.The Supreme Court Turns the First Amendment Into a Weapon for Corporations|Sally Kohn|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It also called for the establishment of laws and institutions that might protect minorities against the tyranny of the majority.
“Either you stand with freedom, or you side with tyranny,” Miller wrote on his Facebook page in March.
His social snapshots reveal the unhappy repercussions of tyranny and poverty in a picturesque Africa.Saatchi Resurrects Ancient Pangaea with Show Featuring South American and African Artists|Chloë Ashby|April 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And it was not, be it remembered, the work of a capricious and cruel despot; it was the tyranny of a solemn legislative assembly.A Book of the Play|Dutton Cook
It was the final tribute of gratitude to one whose ceaseless energy had saved the nation from long years of tyranny.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa|Paul Barron Watson
Why, it takes all the tyranny of a strong man like Swift to keep instinct within bounds.The Black Cat|John Todhunter
It had its commands and its tyranny to which I was obliged to yield.Balzac|Frederick Lawton
Let us renounce and throw off forever the yoke of a tyranny more oppressive than any in the annals of the world.Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four.|William H. Elson
British Dictionary definitions for tyranny
noun plural -nies
- government by a tyrant or tyrants; despotism
- similarly oppressive and unjust government by more than one person