American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characterized by tyranny; despotic.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of tyrannical character or quality; given to or marked by tyranny; harshly despotic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Tyrannical; arbitrary; unjustly severe; despotic.
- adj. marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior
“But then, any Middle Eastern country, no matter how tyrannous, which is willing to obey Washington (and perhaps tacitly support Israeli crimes against the Palestinians) is ipso facto considered "moderate".”
“For only that taxation is tyrannous which is diverted to objects which are not useful to the contributors.”
“First of all she is described in sonnet 131 as "tyrannous"; then in sonnet 133 as "faithless"; in sonnet 137 as "the bay where all men ride ... the wide world's commonplace"; in sonnet 138 as "false"; in”
“England is "tyrannous," that is, not only because it has declared war and thus threatened itself, but also because it manipulates "the sweet words of/”
“The same citizenship rights that authorize political power for electoral majority groupings also protect minorities, women and individuals from the unjust curtailing of their rights by tyrannous majorities.”
“In actuality the whale (witness Jonah), the alligator, and tyrannous rex were maneaters.”
“So, too, was the picture of the United States "for generations" as a unique force for justice and courageous sacrifice, in a world otherwise populated by the tyrannous, the craven, the selfish, and the weak.”
“Ben Jonson and Shakespeare actually strongly disagree – a prince who is feared usually creates a tyrannous regime.”
“I knew I would be safe here from the protestations of the working week, from its spindly, tyrannous fingers.”
“Maybe those racists and psychopaths are also attracted to tyrannous institutions, like slave owning, feudalism and socialist despotism?”
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