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


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

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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