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Definition of Tyrant


  1. An absolute ruler; a sovereign unrestrained by law or constitution; a usurper of sovereignty.
  2. Specifically, a monarch, or other ruler or master, who uses power to oppress his subjects; a person who exercises unlawful authority, or lawful authority in an unlawful manner; one who by taxation, injustice, or cruel punishment, or the demand of unreasonable services, imposes burdens and hardships on those under his control, which law and humanity do not authorize, or which the purposes of government do not require; a cruel master; an oppressor.
  3. Any one of numerous species of American clamatorial birds belonging to the family Tyrannidae; -- called also tyrant bird.
  4. To act like a tyrant; to play the tyrant; to tyrannical.

Tyrant Quotations

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
Soren Kierkegaard

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
Thomas Jefferson

Sometimes I think I should have chosen a line of work where it was just me alone in the room, with the sun coming in, and God, insofar as he or she exists, smiling down upon me. Then I would have never been accused of being a tyrant, other than towards myself.
Charlie Trotter

Obama is a tyrant the same way FDR was a tyrant. He has a view of presidential power that states: the government is in control of the country, and the president is in charge of the government. He's taken an imperial view of the presidency.
David Mamet

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.
Aldous Huxley
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Tyrant Translations

tyrant in Dutch is dwingeland, geweldenaar, tiran
tyrant in French is tyran
tyrant in German is Tyrann
tyrant in Italian is tiranno
tyrant in Latin is tyrannus
tyrant in Spanish is tirano
tyrant in Swedish is tyrann
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