[ US /ˈtaɪɹənt/ ]
[ UK /tˈa‍ɪɹənt/ ]
  1. in ancient Greece, a ruler who had seized power without legal right to it
  2. a cruel and oppressive dictator
  3. any person who exercises power in a cruel way
    his father was a tyrant
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How To Use tyrant In A Sentence

  • “Never enough, sir, while one of the idolatrous tyrants is left unhanged,” said he, with a right bitter smile. Westward Ho!
  • I stood it until I became tortured day and night by the prod of reason, then I quietly left the church and bade farewell to the heathen Scapular and the ten thousand other trinkets of blind paganism, and resolved to break the chain of this "_slave of the soul_" and "_tyrant of reason_. Thirty Years In Hell Or, From Darkness to Light
  • What we do need is a sense of justice that doesn't succumb to moral purity or compromise with political power (and today, that means spinmeisters more than the tyrants).
  • My sense of Tiberius is that he was a bad emperor for the Roman elites in the capital, to whom he was a capricious, paranoid tyrant. Matthew Yglesias » What Would The Roman Empire Do?
  • In reality, pathologically murderous tyrants are fairly irredeemable.
  • Protagoras (337 C-D); it is only “nomos, which is a tyrant among men,” that has made the participants in the dialogue strangers to one another, since they come from different cities. Dictionary of the History of Ideas
  • He, by contrast, is a trimmer and temporizer who has stood up for tyrants far more than he has stood up to them.
  • I found no joy in cleaning up some little tyrant's mess and I didn't have enough emotion in me to cry over a silly dog-eared card.
  • On the other hand, Nero's love for lyrical poetry did not stop him from being a tyrant.
  • She was domineering, cold, bitter and demanding, and was often called a ‘tyrant.’
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