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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
tyrannical
adjective  us   /tɪˈræn·ɪ·kəl/
American revolutionaries ​believed the British ​government was tyrannical.
tyrannize
verb [T]  us   /ˈtɪr·əˌnɑɪz/
In ​school, he was the ​bigbully who tyrannized the ​wholeplayground.
tyrant
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)







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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…
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