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Noun: tyranny  ti-ru-nee
  1. A form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution, laws or opposition etc.)
    - dictatorship, absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism
  2. Dominance through threat of punishment and violence
    - absolutism, despotism

Derived forms: tyrannies

Type of: ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, autarchy, autocracy, control, dominance

Encyclopedia: Tyranny