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tyranny

tyr·an·ny

tyranny

 
pronunciation:
ti r ni
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part of speech: noun
inflections: tyrannies
definition 1: a government in which a single person rules absolutely and esp. despotically.
Under the tyranny of the dictator, thousands of innocent people were unlawfully imprisoned or killed.
synonyms:
autarchy, autocracy, despotism
similar words:
absolutism, authoritarianism, monarchy
definition 2: the oppressive or abusive exercise of power, or the government or authority that uses power in this way.
synonyms:
autarchy, autocracy, despotism, oppression, repression
antonyms:
liberty
similar words:
absolutism, abusiveness, authoritarianism, coercion, domination, force, intimidation, reign, subjugation, suppression
definition 3: unnecessary harshness; cruelty.
synonyms:
barbarousness, brutality, cruelty, inhumanity, mercilessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness, savagery, truculence
similar words:
ferocity, implacability, inexorability, malevolence, severity, viciousness
definition 4: a tyrannical action.
similar words:
abuse, brutality, cruelty, domination, intimidation, oppression, repression, suppression
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