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tyr•an•ny



Pronunciation: (tir'u-nē), [key]
n.,
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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