What does the word tyranny mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Frederick Marryat
  2. But now she saw some approach made to a more positive tyranny. – The Living Link by 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 by Thomas Wright