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tyranny
used in King Lear

3 uses
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Definition
to control others harshly and unfairly; or a form of government with such control
  • I begin to find an idle and fond bondage in the oppression of aged tyranny; who sways, not as it hath power, but as it is suffered.
    1.2 — Act 1 Scene 2 — A Hall in the Earl of Gloster's Castle (27% in)
  • Here is the place, my lord; good my lord, enter: The tyranny of the open night's too rough For nature to endure.
    3.4 — Act 3 Scene 4 — A part of the Heath with a Hovel. Storm continues (2% in)
  • Go in with me: my duty cannot suffer To obey in all your daughters' hard commands; Though their injunction be to bar my doors, And let this tyrannous night take hold upon you, Yet have I ventur'd to come seek you out And bring you where both fire and food is ready.
    3.4 — Act 3 Scene 4 — A part of the Heath with a Hovel. Storm continues (82% in)

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