tyranny

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tyranny a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
    • n tyranny dominance through threat of punishment and violence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tyranny Cruel government or discipline; as, the tyranny of a schoolmaster.
    • Tyranny Severity; rigor; inclemency. "The tyranny of the open night's too rough
      For nature to endure."
    • Tyranny The government or authority of a tyrant; a country governed by an absolute ruler; hence, arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government. "“Sir,” would he [Seneca] say, “an emperor mote need
      Be virtuous and hate tyranny .”"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tyranny The rule of a tyrant in the ancient sense; the personal government of one of the Greek tyrants; a state or government having an uncontrolled ruler bearing the title of tyrant.
    • n tyranny The office or incumbency of a tyrant; a tyrant's administration or tenure; the system of government by tyrants.
    • n tyranny Hence A tyrannical government; a lawless autocracy or despotism.
    • n tyranny Arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of anthority; unmerciful rule.
    • n tyranny A tyrannical action or proceeding; an instance of despotic rule or conduct.
    • n tyranny Severity; harshness; stringency.
    • n tyranny Synonyms Despotism, Autocracy, etc. See despotism.
    • n tyranny Oppression, Despotism, etc. See oppression.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tyranny the government or authority of a tyrant: absolute monarchy cruelly administered: oppression: cruelty: harshness
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Quotations

  • Sir Richard Steele
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    “To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty.”
  • Edmund Burke
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    “Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny.”
  • Henry Fielding
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    “Where the law ends tyranny begins.”
  • Frederick W. Robertson
    Frederick W. Robertson
    “There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy, hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “There are few minds to which tyranny is not delightful.”
  • Latin Proverb
    Latin Proverb
    “Beware the tyranny of the minority.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tirannye, OF. tirannie, F. tyrannie,; cf. It. tirannia,; Gr. tyranni`a tyranni`s, L. tyrannis,. See Tyrant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tirant (Fr. tyran)—L. tyrannns—Gr. tyrannos (Doric koiranos).

Usage

In literature:

I was the victim of a tyranny, which, in the end, made me too a tyrant.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
Tyranny must have tools.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Our forefathers abolished the tyranny of the Crown.
"Prime Ministers and Some Others" by George W. E. Russell
Those, who unite to maintain the independence of their country, must triumph over tyranny.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
Its tyranny was strengthened by the eternal desire of the individual to prove himself superior to his fellows.
"The Business of Being a Woman" by Ida M. Tarbell
The emperor's next act of arbitrary tyranny was directed against the Jews.
"Historical Tales, Vol 5 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Except by armed force and tyranny of the worst kind, this class could not rule Russia.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
The tyranny of the present.
"Sermons Preached at Brighton" by Frederick W. Robertson
We behold justice in the clutches of tyranny.
"Epistle to the Son of the Wolf" by Bahá’u’lláh
Then he established himself in a palace as if in a citadel, and was strengthening his tyranny every day.
"History of the Wars, Books I and II (of 8)" by Procopius
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In poetry:

Ah, slow broke that day
And no man dared call,
For the shadow of tyranny
Lay over all:
"The Greek National Anthem" by Rudyard Kipling
Great Wallace we honour, the first on the scroll
Of patriots immortal, the godlike in soul:
Strength, valour and glory, unsullied and bright,
Thrice saving his country from tyranny's might.
"Verses" by Janet Hamilton
Thou sayest right, 'tis not for me
To mourn beneath the tyranny
Which holds me in a chain;
No! though awhile its power I brook,
Mine heart can feel, mine eye can look,
Defiance and disdain!
"Lines, Addressed To H ———," by Samuel Bamford
He who hath dreamed but of her world shall give
All of his soul unto her restlessly:
He who hath seen but her far face shall live
No more for things we name reality:
Such is the power of her tyranny.
"The Unattainable" by Madison Julius Cawein
Confess'd! Confess'd the guilty act! What act?
What act, my Lord, that cometh home to me
Closer than each hot word, by torment rack'd,
Flies at the bidding of false tyranny,
That makes at will the pain-wrung falsehood fact?
"Beatrice Di Tenda" by Walter Richard Cassels
This too remember well–
I learned it late: None but a tyrant makes
That good prevail that is not in men's hearts,
And tyranny is questionable good.
Therefore must all men learn by liberty,
And with what pain their doings on them bring.
"Cromwell" by Albert Durrant Watson

In news:

Obama's Immigration Order is Tyranny, and the White House Heckler's a Hero.
I suppose our founding fathers would be in shock to hear that they fought the British to be free from their tyranny.
Really, anything - involves wrestling with a tyranny of choices.
It is the first and most important tool in tyranny's toolbox.
Having convinced themselves that this election arrayed freedom against tyranny, they now must wonder: Did their country just democratically vote in favor of tyranny.
Hijacking Their Way Out of Tyranny.
How Much Longer Will Sorella's Prix Fixe Tyranny Last.
The best quotes in The Tyranny of Clichés, according to Rightwing News.
Tyranny can never go unpunished.
Air tyranny 5 days ago.
Tighter travel restrictions pave way for government tyranny.
This expansion pack to the epic World War II shooter continues the action, as you help liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny.
The tyranny these little monsters yield can sometimes wreak the same twisted havoc as a lone wild animal searching for its next meal.
Tyranny of the majority .
Sitting in the office downtown Oakland office of Tyranny Allen, founder and CEO of Marketing Kings, a person can pick up a wealth of knowledge about the secrets of branding.
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In science:

The ongoing tyranny of statistical significance testing in biomedical research.
Caveats for using statistical significance tests in research assessments
One advantage of PMC is that it allows us to break somewhat from the ‘sequential tyranny’ of ordinary Markov Chain methods.
Bayesian Model Averaging in Astrophysics: A Review
For example, some implementations of social recommendation may lead to the “tyranny of the minority,” where a small group of active, well-connected users dominate the site .
Analysis of Social Voting Patterns on Digg
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