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Topic: GOVERNMENT

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: tyran, tyrant, from Latin tyrannus, from Greek tyrannos

tyrant

noun
     
ty‧rant [countable]
1PG a ruler who has complete power and uses it in a cruel and unfair way:
The country had long been ruled by tyrants.
2 someone who has power over other people, and uses it cruelly or unfairly:
My headmaster was a real tyrant.
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