Rule or treat (someone) despotically or cruelly: she tyrannized her family [no object]: he tyrannizes over the servants
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- 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.
Late 15th century: from French tyranniser, from tyran 'tyrant'.
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