• WordNet 3.6
    • v tyrannize rule or exercise power over (somebody) in a cruel and autocratic manner "her husband and mother-in-law tyrannize her"
    • v tyrannize rule a country as a tyrant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Tyrannize To act the tyrant; to exercise arbitrary power; to rule with unjust and oppressive severity; to exercise power over others not permitted by law or required by justice, or with a severity not necessary to the ends of justice and government; as, a prince will often tyrannize over his subjects; masters sometimes tyrannize over their servants or apprentices.
    • v. t Tyrannize To subject to arbitrary, oppressive, or tyrannical treatment; to oppress.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tyrannize To act as a tyrant; exercise tyrannical power; rule despotically or cruelly: used of persons, with over before an object.
    • tyrannize Hence To have a tyrannical influence; exercise oppressive restraint; maintain arbitrary control: used of things, commonly with over.
    • tyrannize To rule, treat, or affect tyrannically; act the tyrant to or over.
    • tyrannize To make tyrannically oppressive; convert into an instrument of tyranny.
    • tyrannize Also spelled tyrannise.
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  • Herman Melville
    “Some dying men are the most tyrannical; and certainly, since they will shortly trouble us so little for evermore, the poor fellows ought to be indulged.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    “Lust's passion will be served; it demands, it militates, it tyrannizes.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “How excellent it is to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use like a giant.”
  • Henry George
    Henry George
    “The methods by which a trade union can alone act, are necessarily destructive; its organization is necessarily tyrannical.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. tyranniser, Gr. tyranni`zein to take the part of tyrants


In literature:

He had learned to think of it as a force, greedy, materialistic, tyrannous, grossly hypocritical.
"Hyacinth" by George A. Birmingham
They learnt it from those who had tyrannized over them.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
Of like nature is superstition, those rash vows of monks and friars, and such as live in religious orders, but far more tyrannical and much worse.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
And would you tell him that the very expectation of his just right 'was as foolish as it was tyrannical'?
"Coleridge's Literary Remains, Volume 4." by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
About the power and tyrannous conduct of Plautianus (chapters 14-16).
"Dio's Rome, Volume V., Books 61-76 (A.D. 54-211)" by Cassius Dio
Superiors are forbidden to injure those under their authority by tyrannical or capricious conduct or by abusive language.
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the" by War Department
Barnabas Tyrrel had been a neighbouring squire insupportably brutish and arrogant, tyrannical to his inferiors, and insolent to his equals.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV." by Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
The Sultan is a well-meaning but weak man, and tyrannical through his very weakness.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
The star-chamber, tyrannical and odious as it was, never proceeded in such a manner.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
The words tyrannical and tyranny follow the same analogy.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
To this we reply: The plea is as profligate as the act was tyrannical.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 4 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The words tyrannical and tyranny follow the same analogy.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Moreover, we should not let them be tyrannous.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
A delegation was sent to the king with a strong remonstrance against his tyrannic course.
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters
Something had told him from the very beginning that he would not be able to tyrannize over this newcomer.
"Elizabeth's Campaign" by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
Personally honest and probably well-meaning, his attitude was overbearing and tyrannical.
"A History of Trade Unionism in the United States" by Selig Perlman
It comes, it hath seized me with tyrannous will!
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
It is not difficult to distinguish between a true emotional storm and the tyrannous cry of a wilful child who demands his own way.
"The Nervous Child" by Hector Charles Cameron
He is a rather fiery, tyrannical old party.
"Lippincott's Magazine, August, 1885" by Various
If it be an evil, every apostle is in part responsible for this tyrannical course.
"Conditions in Utah" by Thomas Kearns

In poetry:

And when men, with fires and shouting,
Break your old tyrannic pales;
And where ruled a single spider
Laugh and weep a million tales.
"The Lamp Post" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Since Fate's tyrannical decree,
Sweet friend, dissevers you and me,
Now memory shall vanquish fate,
And yield the bliss we knew so late.
"Lines On Parting With----" by James Avis Bartley
"Inhuman Father! wilt thou risk
My peace on earth, and hopes of heaven?
Tremble, tyrannic parent, think
What love may do to madness driven!"
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
Tyrannic storms arose upon my soul,
And dreadful did their mad'ning thunders roll;
The pensive muse was shaken from her sphere,
And hope, it vanish'd in the clouds of fear.
"On Hearing Of The Intention Of A Gentleman To Purchase The Poet's Freedom" by George Moses Horton
O mournful is my soul this night for Hugh Maguire!
Darkly as in a dream he strays. Before him and behind
Triumphs the tyrannous anger of the wounding wind,
The wounding wind that burns as fire.
"O'Hussey's Ode To The Maguire" by James Clarence Mangan
They kiss'd, and they parted: 'twas fortune's behest,
Who rules over love with a tyrannous sway;
But the nymph kiss'd her ring, and her bird she carest,
When her eye could no longer Hermossan survey.
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley

In news:

LSU's Tyrann Mathieu not unprecedented in foolishness , but roll call is short.
LSU's Tyrann Mathieu has been dismissed from the team for violating school and team rules.
At the end of the day, Tyrann Mathieu just couldn't stop thinking about himself.
Enlarge Butch Dill/Getty ImagesCornerback Tyrann Mathieu is a versatile weapon for LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis.
DPS teachers union vows not to honor ' tyrannical ' new contract.
Beware " Tyrannical " Gov't.
Roanoke proceedings ' tyrannical '.
Foreign policy favors tyrannical dictators.
They had dismissed the star player Tyrann Mathieu because of team rules violations.
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Reports say that Tyrann Mathieu is considering sitting out this season of football altogether, and enroll as a student in hopes of re-joining the LSU team in 2013.
Hingle/US Presswire LSU dismissed Tyrann Mathieu, a junior defensive back whose playmaking abilities last season made him a Heisman Trophy finalist, from its football team, the school announced today.
LSU has dismissed Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu from its football program for violating school and team rules.
LSU's Tyrann Mathieu emerged as one of college football's biggest stars last season.
LSU's star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, nicknamed the " Honey Badger ," now has an alcoholic beverage named after him.
It's been about six weeks since sophomore cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has made a meaningful impact on a game.