Part of speech: noun

Absolute power unjustly used; despotism.

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Usage examples "tyranny":

  1. With respect to my marrying, sir, I see little chance of that; I dislike the idea, and, in fact, it would be better to be with my mother at once, for I prefer an old tyranny to a new one. - "Valerie", Frederick Marryat.
  2. But now she saw some approach made to a more positive tyranny. - "The Living Link", James De Mille.
  3. Indeed, the tyranny of her heart over her head will force itself upon our notice at every turn. - "The Life of Sir Richard Burton", Thomas Wright.