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Definition of Tyranny

Tyranny

  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.
  2. Cruel government or discipline; as, the tyranny of a schoolmaster.
  3. Severity; rigor; inclemency.

Tyranny Quotations

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
Plato

Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility.
Robin Morgan

There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.
Walt Whitman

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Edmund Burke

I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites.
Nelson Mandela
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Tyranny Translations

tyranny in German is Zwangsherrschaft, Gewaltherrschaft
tyranny in Latin is dominatus
tyranny in Swedish is tyranni
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