Meaning of tyrannize

tyr•an•nize

Pronunciation: (tir'u-nīz"), [key]
— v., -nized, -niz•ing.
—v.i.
  1. to exercise absolute power or control, esp. cruelly or oppressively (often fol. by over).
  2. to govern despotically, cruelly, or oppressively.
  3. to govern or reign as a tyrant.
—v.t.
  1. to rule or govern tyrannically; treat oppressively.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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