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tyrant

noun [C] uk   /ˈtaɪə.rənt/ us    /ˈtaɪ-/
a ruler who has unlimited power over other people, and uses it unfairly and cruelly: Tamir, one of several sons of the exiled ruler, vowed he would liberate his country from the tyrant. figurative humorous Overnight my boss seems to have turned into a tyrant.
Translations of “tyrant”
in Korean 폭군…
in Arabic طاغِية, مُسْتَبِدّ…
in French tyran…
in Turkish zorba, zalim, zulmeden kimse…
in Italian tiranno, -a…
in Chinese (Traditional) 暴君, 暴虐的人, 專橫的人…
in Russian тиран…
in Polish tyran…
in Spanish tirano…
in Portuguese tirano, -a…
in German der/die Tyrann(in)…
in Catalan tirà, -ana…
in Japanese 暴君, 独裁者…
in Chinese (Simplified) 暴君, 暴虐的人, 专横的人…
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