Definition of "tyrant" []

  • An absolute ruler who governs without restrictions. (noun)
  • A ruler who exercises power in a harsh, cruel manner. (noun)
  • An oppressive, harsh, arbitrary person. (noun)
  • A person who governs oppressively, unjustly, and arbitrarily; despot (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any person who exercises authority in a tyrannical manner (noun)
  • Anything that exercises tyrannical influence (noun)
  • (esp in ancient Greece) a ruler whose authority lacked the sanction of law or custom; usurper (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "tyrant" in a sentence
  • "Your Lordships will find that he never is a rebel to one party without being a tyrant to some others; that _rebel_ and _tyrant_ are correlative terms, when applied to him, and that they constantly go together."
  • "Iraq is a prime example Wikipedia informs us that "like the term tyrant, originally a respectable Ancient Greek title, and to a lesser degree autocrat, it came to be used almost exclusively as a non-titular term for oppressive, even abusive rule, yet had rare modern titular uses.""
  • "And, while the word "penance" does not appear in the 1611 Bible, in deference to the Puritans, neither does the word "tyrant", in deference to the king."