1. rule or exercise power over (somebody) in a cruel and autocratic manner
    her husband and mother-in-law tyrannize her
  2. rule a country as a tyrant
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How To Use tyrannize In A Sentence

  • His enemies-called the boyars-wanted the earth divided into several countries, allowing each a nation to tyrannize ruthlessly, with the terrible retaining the power to rubber-stamp their rulings and little else. An East Wind Coming
  • Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd. Broke
  • The ‘rule of law’ would give way to a ‘rule of men’ who tyrannized their wives and their compatriots.
  • her husband and mother-in-law tyrannize her
  • Every time Duritz tyrannizes her, Janet responds with amusing riffs.
  • Tyrants should be left free to tyrannise their own people
  • To which he answered, Thou sayest it; that is, "It is as thou sayest, that I am entitled to the government of the Jewish nation; but in rivalship with the scribes and Pharisees, who tyrannize over them in matters of religion, not in rivalship with Caesar, whose government relates only to their civil interests. Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)
  • It doesn't have any responsibility to make war to get rid of somebody who tyrannizes his own people.
  • No hungry person ever pined for deconstruction; no tyrannised person ever felt they were trapped in a language game.
  • A cruder lover of power might tyrannize over a drudge, but Lorelei is an epicure. DEATH IN PURPLE PROSE
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