toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books

tyranny

used in a sentence
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition harsh and unjust rule
  • The U.S. constitution was designed with checks and balances and limited government to protect Americans from tyranny.
tyranny = a form of government where some people control others in a harsh, unfair manner
  • Pure democracy (without protection of minority rights) can become tyranny of the majority.
  • tyranny = a form of government where some people control others in a harsh, unfair manner
  • Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
    C. S. Lewis
  • One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.
    Bertrand Russell
  • She had been with us ever since Jem was born, and I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as I could remember.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • tyrannical = harshly controlling
  • In time, a new Heart Palace would stand in place of the old, its garden featuring the grave of Sir Justice Anders as well as memorials to Queen Genevieve, King Nolan, and the numerous brave Alyssians who lost their lives during Redd's tyrannical rule.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • tyrannical = harsh and unjust
  • Boundless intemperance
    In nature is a tyranny; it hath been
    The untimely emptying of the happy throne,
    And fall of many kings.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • tyranny = something that is harshly controlling
  • The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • tyranny = harsh and unjust rule
  • It has been horrid—-the tyranny we've suffered at the hands of that woman!
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • tyranny = harsh and unjust rule
  • But here, the caterpillars added their voices to his: "...that we come for the health of the queendom, to install the rightful queen on her throne and end these years of brutal tyranny."
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • tyranny = harsh and unjust rule
  • For some reason, my first year of school had wrought a great change in our relationship: Calpurnia's tyranny, unfairness, and meddling in my business had faded to gentle grumblings of general disapproval.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • tyranny = harsh control
  • Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure,
    For goodness dare not check thee!
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • ... What's more to do,
    Which would be planted newly with the time,
    As calling home our exil'd friends abroad,
    That fled the snares of watchful tyranny;
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity.
    Alexander Hamilton
  • AMANDA: Yes, I know-the tyranny of women!
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • Other immigrants come to America looking for freedom from tyranny, acceptance by the culture, assimilation into it, this melting pot.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • And who would maintain that the second method is less tyrannous than the first?
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • And who are you, then, that arrogate to yourself this tyrannical right over free and rational beings?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It said that our state was a poor state, and could not bear the burden thus tyrannically imposed upon it.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • History teaches us that tyranny has never endured.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®
Search for other examples by interest
InterestSource
General — Google News®
General — Time® Magazine
General — Wikipedia®
Architecture — Google® books - Architecture
Business — Bloomberg®
Business — The Economist®
Classic Literature — Google® books - Classical Literature
Engineering — Google® books - Engineering
Engineering — Popular Mechanics®
Engineering — Discover Magazine®
Fine Arts & Music — Google® books - Art
History — Google® books - History
Human Behavior — Google® books - Psychology
Human Behavior — Psychology Today®
Law — FindLaw®
Law — Google® books - Law
Logic & Reasoning — Google® books - Reasoning
Medicine — Web MD®
Medicine — Google® books - Medicine
Nature & Ecology — National Geographic®
Nature & Ecology — Google® books - Nature
Personal Finance — Kiplinger® (Personal Finance)
Philosophy — Google® books - Philosophy
Public Policy & Politics — Newsweek®
Public Policy & Politics — Real Clear Politics®
Public Policy & Politics — Google® books - Politics
Religion & Spirtuality — Google® books - Religion
Religion - Christianity — Bible Gateway®
Religion - Christianity — Google® books - Christianity
Science — Popular Science®
Science — Scientific American®
Science — Google® books - Science
Sports — Sports Illustrated®