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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 tyr·an·ny /ˈtɪrəni/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Tyr·an·ny n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,