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tyranny

noun [U] uk   /ˈtɪr.ən.i/ us  
government by a ruler or small group of people who have unlimited power over the people in their country or state and use it unfairly and cruelly: This, the president promised us, was a war against tyranny.Systems of government a situation in which someone or something controls how you are able to live, in an unfair way: Women, the play seems to suggest, must resist the tyranny of domesticity.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveLack of freedom to act
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