1. The government or authority of a tyrant; a country governed by an absolute ruler; hence, arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government.
“Sir,” would he [Seneca] say, “an emperor mote need
Be virtuous and hate tyranny.” --Chaucer.
2. Cruel government or discipline; as, the tyranny of a schoolmaster.
3. Severity; rigor; inclemency.
The tyranny of the open night's too rough
For nature to endure. --Shak.
n 1: a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute
dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or
opposition etc.) [syn: dictatorship, absolutism, authoritarianism,
Caesarism, despotism, monocracy, one-man rule,
shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism]
2: dominance through threat of punishment and violence [syn: absolutism,