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tyranny (n.)

late 14c., "cruel or unjust use of power; the government of a tyrant," from Old French tyranie (13c.), from Late Latin tyrannia "tyranny," from Greek tyrannia "rule of a tyrant, absolute power," from tyrannos "master" (see tyrant).

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Definitions of tyranny

tyranny (n.)
a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.);
Synonyms: dictatorship / absolutism / authoritarianism / Caesarism / despotism / monocracy / one-man rule / shogunate / Stalinism / totalitarianism
tyranny (n.)
dominance through threat of punishment and violence;
Synonyms: absolutism / despotism
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