noun, plural tyr·an·nies.
Origin of tyranny
Examples from the Web for tyranny
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
Word Origin for tyranny
Word Origin and History for tyranny
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).