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Definitions of tyrant

  1. a dictator or dictatorial person Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. any person who exercises power in a cruel way; "his father was a tyrant" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. in ancient Greece, a ruler who had seized power without legal right to it Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. An absolute ruler; a sovereign unrestrained by law or constitution; a usurper of sovereignty. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. Specifically, a monarch, or other ruler or master, who uses power to oppress his subjects; a person who exercises unlawful authority, or lawful authority in an unlawful manner; one who by taxation, injustice, or cruel punishment, or the demand of unreasonable services, imposes burdens and hardships on those under his control, which law and humanity do not authorize, or which the purposes of government do not require; a cruel master; an oppressor. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. Any one of numerous species of American clamatorial birds belonging to the family Tyrannidae; -- called also tyrant bird. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. To act like a tyrant; to play the tyrant; to tyrannical. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. An absolute monarch; a despot; a cruel master, who uses his power to oppress those under him. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. One who uses his power oppressively: (orig.) an absolute monarch. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. An arbitrary and oppressive ruler; despot; oppressor. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. An arbitrary ruler; despot; oppressor. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A monarch or ruler who oppresses his subjects; a person who exercises unlawful authority; a despotic ruler; a cruel master; an oppressor. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for tyrant

  1. Am I a tyrant an absolute master? – Child of a Century, v3 by Alfred de Musset
  2. Her father may be a tyrant but she is an angel." – The Squire's Daughter by Silas K(itto) Hocking
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