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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: tyrannie, from Medieval Latin tyrannia, from Latin tyrannus; TYRANT

tyranny

noun
     
tyr‧an‧ny plural tyrannies [uncountable and countable]
1 cruel or unfair control over other people:
Gorky was often the victim of his grandfather's tyranny.
the fight against tyranny
2 cruel and unfair government:
organizations which have criticized the tyrannies of the government
3

tyranny of the majority

the idea that if everyone has the right to vote, they will make decisions which will harm the country
4 something in your life that limits your freedom to do things the way you want to
tyranny of
the tyranny of the nine-to-five working day

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