Meaning of tyrant

ty•rant

Pronunciation: (tī'runt), [key]
— n.
  1. a sovereign or other ruler who uses power oppressively or unjustly.
  2. any person in a position of authority who exercises power oppressively or despotically.
  3. a tyrannical or compulsory influence.
  4. an absolute ruler, esp. one in ancient Greece or Sicily.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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