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The War on Civil Liberties in the USA (Updated 12/22/2012)

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Definitions of Tyranny



noun /ˈtirənē/ 
tyrannies, plural

  • Cruel and oppressive government or rule
    • - people who survive war and escape tyranny
    • - the removal of the regime may be the end of a tyranny
  • A nation under such cruel and oppressive government
  • Cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of power or control
    • - she resented his rages and his tyranny
    • - the tyranny of the nine-to-five day
    • - his father's tyrannies
  • (esp. in ancient Greece) Rule by one who has absolute power without legal right

Web definitions
  • dictatorship: a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
  • absolutism: dominance through threat of punishment and violence

  • (tyrannical) oppressive: marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior; "the oppressive government"; "oppressive laws"; "a tyrannical parent"; "tyrannous disregard of human rights"
  • (tyrannical) authoritarian: characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty; "an authoritarian regime"; "autocratic government"; "despotic rulers"; "a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war"; "a tyrannical government"

  • In classical politics, a tyrant (Greek τύραννος, turannos) is one who has taken power by his or her own means as opposed to hereditary or constitutional power. This mode of rule is referred to as tyranny (τυραννίς turannis).

  • (tyrannical) Of, or relating to tyranny or a tyrant; Despotic, oppressive or authoritarian

  • Uncontrolled exercise of power, often by an oppressive or unjustly severe government or a ruler (See also Despot and Dictator)

  • a government ruled by a tyrant who uses his power oppressively or unjustly; an absolute ruler; from the Greek word tyrannos.

  • That imaginary power of the majority to coerce the noble minorities into UniCultural submission to Conservative Nazi-ism.  In the mind of a Liberal, "The Tyranny of the Majority" is the very thing that the Constitution was created to prevent. ...

  • cruel and unjust use of power or authority over others

  • (1) a government wherein the RIGHTS and Liberties of the people are violated at will by those in power, and where the people possess no effective remedy to hold the transgressors accountable. ...

  • a government ruled by an absolute ruler with maybe a few laws and a plan. The flag of the State of Virginia shows the picture of a spear-wielding Virtue atop of the oppressive tyrant whom had just slain with the motto "Sic semper tyrannis" (meaning "thus always to tyrants"). ...


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