Definition of tyrant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtaɪrənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaɪrənt//
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a person who has complete power in a country and uses it in a cruel and unfair way synonym dictator The country was ruled by a succession of tyrants. (figurative) His boss is a complete tyrant. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, via Latin from Greek turannos.Extra examples The country had long been ruled by tyrants. The country was ruled by a tyrant. The nation celebrated the death of a ruthless tyrant. He was one of the world's most brutal and murderous tyrants. Many of the naval officers were no more than petty tyrants.
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