What does "Tyranny" mean?


(n.) Cruel government or discipline; as, the tyranny of a schoolmaster (n.) Severity; rigor; inclemency (n.) The government or authority of a tyrant; a country governed by an absolute ruler; hence, arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government

Synonyms despotism, totalitarianism, absolutism, dictatorship, authoritarianism, caesarism, monocracy, shogunate, stalinism, one-man rule

Word Family tyrannies, tyrannise, tyrannised, tyrannises, tyrannising, tyrannize, tyrannized, tyrannizes, tyrannizing