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noun tyranny pronunciation in American English /ˈtɪrəni/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] cruel and unfair treatment by someone in a position of power
    She finally escaped from the tyranny of her father.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the power that something has to control peoples lives and the way that they behave
    Many women at this time rejected the tyranny of fashion.
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] a government that treats people in a cruel and unfair way, using force to control them
    a brutal tyranny
    The people will rise up to free themselves from tyranny.


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