Tyr"an*ny(tr"n*n), n. [OE. tirannye, OF. tirannie, F. tyrannie; cf. It. tirannia; Gr. tyranni`a, tyranni`s, L. tyrannis. See Tyrant.] 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 needChaucer.
Be virtuous and hate tyranny."
2. Cruel government or discipline; as, the
tyranny of a schoolmaster.
3. Severity; rigor; inclemency.
The tyranny of the open night's too roughShak.
For nature to endure.
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