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Meaning of tyranny

tyr•an•ny

Pronunciation: (tir'u-nē), [key]
— pl. -nies.
  1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
  2. the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
  3. a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
  4. oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
  5. undue severity or harshness.
  6. a tyrannical act or proceeding.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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