Definition of tyrannize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtirəˌnīz/


[with object]
Rule or treat (someone) despotically or cruelly: she tyrannized her family [no object]: he tyrannizes over the servants
More example sentences
  • The ‘rule of law’ would give way to a ‘rule of men’ who tyrannized their wives and their compatriots.
  • Every time Duritz tyrannizes her, Janet responds with amusing riffs.
  • It doesn't have any responsibility to make war to get rid of somebody who tyrannizes his own people.
dominate, dictate to, browbeat, intimidate, bully, lord it over;
persecute, victimize, torment, terrorize;
oppress, repress, crush, subjugate
informal push around


Late 15th century: from French tyranniser, from tyran 'tyrant'.

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