What does the word tyrannize mean?

Usage examples for tyrannize

  1. But they are found to be where they were centuries ago, as to their disposition to keep distinct from the people, and even to tyrannize over them. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  2. But though Bass's bark is so terrific, he is the best natured and most playful dog I ever saw; so much so indeed, that the small King Charles's spaniel, Raith, used to tyrannize over him for many months after he came here from abroad. – Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals by R. Lee