Word definition: tyranny

Defiintion of tyranny:

[n] a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
[n] dominance through threat of punishment and violence

Synonyms of tyranny:

absolutism, absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, despotism, dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism

Antonyms of tyranny:

See Also:

ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, autarchy, autocracy, control, dominance, police state

Webster Dictionary (1913) for tyranny:

\Tyr"an*ny\, n. [OE. tirannye, OF. tirannie, F.
tyrannie; cf. It. tirannia; Gr. ?, ?, L. tyrannis. See
1. 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.

         ``Sir,'' would he [Seneca] say, ``an emperor mote
         need Be virtuous and hate tyranny.''  --Chaucer.

2. Cruel government or discipline; as, the tyranny of a

3. Severity; rigor; inclemency.

         The tyranny of the open night's too rough For nature
         to endure.                            --Shak.