Definition for TYR'AN-NY

TYR'AN-NY, n. [Fr. tyrannie; from tyran.]

  1. Arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; the exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government. Hence tyranny is often synonymous with cruelty and oppression.
  2. Cruel government or discipline; as, the tyranny of a master.
  3. Unresisted and cruel power.
  4. Absolute monarchy cruelly administered.
  5. Severity; rigor; inclemency. The tyranny o' th' open night. Shak.

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