Tyrant

A tyrant (Greek τύραννος, tyrannos), in its modern English usage, is an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution, or one who has usurped legitimate sovereignty. A tyrant usually controls almost everything, and is considered a ruler of horrible and oppressive character. The original Greek term, however, merely meant an authoritari...
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Tyrant

• (n.) 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 ...
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tyrant

1. An absolute ruler; a sovereign unrestrained by law or constitution; a usurper of sovereignty. ... Free governments [in Greece] having superseded the old hereditary sovereignties (basilei^ai), all who obtained absolute power in a state were called tyrannoi, tyrants, or rather despots; for the term rather regards the irregular way in which the pow...
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tyrant

autocrat noun a cruel and oppressive dictator
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Tyrant

[Resident Evil] Tyrant is the code name of a series of boss characters in the Resident Evil horror video game series by Capcom, introduced in the original Resident Evil in 1996. Tyrants are towering, biologically engineered undead supersoldiers created and used by the sinister Umbrella Corporation. Tyrant creatures make appearances as boss ...
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tyrant

a cruel and oppressive ruler or, in ancient Greece, a ruler who seized power unconstitutionally or inherited such power. In the 10th and 9th ... [4 related articles]
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tyrant

Name given to a number of men who seized power in their own ancient Greek cities, the first wave of tyrants occurring in the 7th and 6th centuries BC. They opposed the older hereditary aristocratic...
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Tyrant

The chief magistrate of the state, whether legitimate or otherwise, who violates the Constitution to act arbitrarily contrary to justice. The term tyrant and usurper, are sometimes used as synonymous, because usurpers are almost always tyrants; usurpation is itself a tyrannical act, but properly speaking, the words usurper and tyrant convey diffe.....
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tyrant

tyrant 1. Someone who rules oppressively or cruelly; a despot. 2. Anyone who exercises absolute power without legal warrant, whether ruling well or in a bad way; which is the original meaning in ancient Greece. 3. Etymology: 'absolute ruler', from Old French tyrant (12c.), from Latin tyrannus, 'lord, master, tyrant'; from Greek tyrannos, 'lord, m...
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tyrant

tyrant, in ancient history, ruler who gained power by usurping the legal authority. The word is perhaps of Lydian origin and carried with it no connotation of moral censure. With the growth of the constitutional, democratic form of government, especially at Athens, in the 5th cent. B.C. the word too...
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tyrant

[n] - a dictator or dictatorial person
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