[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. tyrannosaurus rex,
  2. tyrannous,
  3. tyrannously,
  4. tyrannulet,
  5. tyranny,
  6. tyrant flycatcher,
  7. tyre,
  8. tyree,
  9. tyrian,
  10. tyrian purple

Origin of tyrant

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

Related formsun·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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