tyranny Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Definition of “tyranny” - English Dictionary

"tyranny" in American English

See all translations

tyrannynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈtɪr·ə·ni/
social studies unlimitedauthority 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 ​bigbully who tyrannized the ​wholeplayground.
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)

"tyranny" in British English

See all translations

tyrannynoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈtɪr.ən.i/
government by a ​ruler or ​smallgroup of ​people who have ​unlimitedpower over the ​people in ​theircountry or ​state and use it ​unfairly and ​cruelly: This, the ​presidentpromised us, was a ​war against tyranny. a ​situation in which someone or something ​controls how you are ​able to ​live, in an ​unfair way: Women, the ​playseems to ​suggest, must ​resist the tyranny ofdomesticity.
(Definition of tyranny from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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…
What is the pronunciation of tyranny?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

all or nothing

relates to doing something either completely or not at all

Word of the Day

There is no such thing as a true synonym in English. Discuss!
There is no such thing as a true synonym in English. Discuss!
by Kate Woodford,
November 25, 2015
In the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary the word ‘synonym’ is defined as ‘a word or phrase that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or phrase in the same language’. As you might expect, definitions for this word are broadly similar in other dictionaries and yet the italicized

Read More 

climatarian adjective
climatarian adjective
November 23, 2015
choosing to eat a diet that has minimal impact on the climate, i.e. one that excludes food transported a long way or meat whose production gives rise to CO2 emissions Climate change is not normally on people’s minds when they choose what to have for lunch, but a new diet is calling for

Read More