- tyrannosaurus rex,
- tyrant flycatcher,
- tyrian purple
Origin of tyrant
Examples from the Web for tyrant
On Christmas weekend, a North Korean tyrant has decided what American teenagers will see on the silver screen.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror|David Keyes|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After clashing with coach Victor Tikhonov, a KGB-installed tyrant, he chose to challenge the government and defect to the NHL.Putin’s Hockey Pal Tells All: Slava Fetisov on ‘Red Army,’ Soviet Nostalgia, and What Drives Putin|Marlow Stern|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rivers continued on her political, authoritarian monologue by describing what kind of tyrant she would be.What Joan Rivers Said She Would Do If She Were Dictator of America|Asawin Suebsaeng|September 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And that isn't even the biggest political problem with Tyrant.
On Tyrant, which premiered Tuesday night, this is what passes for political drama.
He had no desire to play the tyrant; nor had he any belief in the permanence of a mere tyranny.
Her loyalty to him, which he could understand though not appreciate, enabled him to be a tyrant to her.The Prime Minister|Anthony Trollope
Reason governs not as a tyrant from without, but as a guide to which the impulses and emotions are gladly responsive.Ethics|John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
He came just over the tyrant, and taking careful aim, he jumped and landed squarely on the dog's ribs.Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac|Ernest Thompson Seton
I twisted myself to right and left in an endeavor to escape—but my tyrant of the sable hand had bound me in on all sides.Vendetta|Marie Corelli
Word Origin for tyrant
c.1300, "absolute ruler," from Old French tyrant (12c.), from Latin tyrannus "lord, master, tyrant" (cf. Spanish tirano, Italian tiranno), from Greek tyrannos "lord, master, sovereign, absolute ruler," a loan-word from a language of Asia Minor (probably Lydian); cf. Etruscan Turan "mistress, lady" (surname of Venus).
In the exact sense, a tyrant is an individual who arrogates to himself the royal authority without having a right to it. This is how the Greeks understood the word 'tyrant': they applied it indifferently to good and bad princes whose authority was not legitimate. [Rousseau, "The Social Contract"]
The spelling with -t arose in Old French by analogy with present participle endings in -ant. Fem. form tyranness is recorded from 1590 (Spenser); cf. Medieval Latin tyrannissa (late 14c.).