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TYRANT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tyrant mean? 

TYRANT (noun)
  The noun TYRANT has 3 senses:

1. a cruel and oppressive dictator
2. in ancient Greece, a ruler who had seized power without legal right to it
3. any person who exercises power in a cruel way

  Familiarity information: TYRANT used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


TYRANT (noun)


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Meaning:

A cruel and oppressive dictator

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

autocrat; despot; tyrant

Hypernyms ("tyrant" is a kind of...):

dictator; potentate (a ruler who is unconstrained by law)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tyrant"):

czar (a person having great power)


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Meaning:

In ancient Greece, a ruler who had seized power without legal right to it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("tyrant" is a kind of...):

ruler; swayer (a person who rules or commands)

Instance hyponyms:

Dionysius; Dionysius the Elder (the tyrant of Syracuse who fought the Carthaginians (430-367 BC))


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Meaning:

Any person who exercises power in a cruel way

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

his father was a tyrant

Hypernyms ("tyrant" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)


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