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tyranny
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Definition
to control others harshly and unfairly; or a form of government with such control
  • My Aunt Martha—like many Americans—could become quite tyrannical in the defense of democracy.
    p. 122.9
  • " Well, Grandmother was so marvelous she brought the house down; it was a grand performance, rather wasted—in my opinion—on poor John and Constance, who were drearily played by a somewhat sheepish Mr. Fish, our dog-loving neighbor (and a regular choice of Dan's), and by the tyrannical Mrs. Walker, whose legs were her sexiest feature—and they were almost completely covered in the long dresses appropriate to this drawing-room comedy.
    p. 110.3
  • Mrs. Walker, whose own term as a Vestry member was expiring—thus giving her even more energy for her Sunday school tyrannies—complained that attendance at the adult evening Bible study was flagging.
    p. 163.5

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