[ tahy-ruhnt ]
/ ˈtaɪ rənt /


a sovereign or other ruler who uses power oppressively or unjustly.
any person in a position of authority who exercises power oppressively or despotically.
a tyrannical or compulsory influence.
an absolute ruler, especially one in ancient Greece or Sicily.

Origin of tyrant

1250–1300; Middle English tirant < Old French < Latin tyrannus < Greek týrannos


un·der·ty·rant, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tyrant

/ (ˈtaɪrənt) /


a person who governs oppressively, unjustly, and arbitrarily; despot
any person who exercises authority in a tyrannical manner
anything that exercises tyrannical influence
(esp in ancient Greece) a ruler whose authority lacked the sanction of law or custom; usurper

Word Origin for tyrant

C13: from Old French tyrant, from Latin tyrannus, from Greek turannos
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