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tyrannynoun [U]

uk   /ˈtɪr.ən.i/ us   /ˈtɪr.ən.i/
(Definition of tyranny from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tyrannynoun [C/U]

us   /ˈtɪr·ə·ni/
social studies unlimited authority or use of power, or a government which exercises such power without any control or limits
adjective us   /tɪˈræn·ɪ·kəl/
American revolutionaries believed the British government was tyrannical.
verb [T] us   /ˈtɪr·əˌnɑɪz/
In school, he was the big bully who tyrannized the whole playground.
noun [C] us   /ˈtɑɪ·rənt/
Their father was a tyrant, feared by all his children.
(Definition of tyranny from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tyranny”
in Chinese (Simplified) 暴政,专制统治, 暴虐,专横…
in Turkish zorbalık, zulüm, eziyet…
in Russian тирания…
in Chinese (Traditional) 暴政,專制統治, 暴虐,專橫…
in Polish tyrania…
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