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tyranny
used in The Sunlight Dialogues

13 uses
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Definition
harsh and unjust rule
  • He sounded now incredibly like one of those lawyers summing up, tyrannical and grandiose.
    1 — The Watchdog (90% in)
  • The tyrannic scent of May was in the air; it was the time when young hearts blossom and burgeon, and boys try to think of heroic deeds.
    Prologue (66% in)
  • ...looking at the floor and smiling as if ruefully, almost evilly, one might have thought (mistakenly), their jaws slung forward, their two large backs identically hunched below their shaggy, balding domes, shaggy eyebrows identically lowered, each man a caricature of the other, both humbler versions of the white-haired, militarily erect and awesomely fat United States Congressman who had tyrannized what was in effect the same room in another part of town before Will Hodge Jr was born.
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (1% in)
  • In small ways he tyrannized it yet.
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (1% in)
  • What the old man was unable to manage directly (and would not have wanted to manage anyhow, being a moral person) his ghost had managed indirectly: he tyrannized Hodge—if a thing so trifling was worth a big word like tyranny—through Millie his wife (or former wife), Will Jr, and Luke, his sons.
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (4% in)
  • What the old man was unable to manage directly (and would not have wanted to manage anyhow, being a moral person) his ghost had managed indirectly: he tyrannized Hodge—if a thing so trifling was worth a big word like tyranny—through Millie his wife (or former wife), Will Jr, and Luke, his sons.
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (4% in)
  • But however unnecessary the thing might be, it was also inevitable: the trifling tyranny, again, of the Congressman's ghost.
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (8% in)
  • Once more the subtle tyranny of the Congressman's image.
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (17% in)
  • Had allowed himself to be tyrannized by the Old Man's achievements.
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (31% in)
  • Not virtuous but tyrannical.
    5 — Hunting Wild Asses (59% in)
  • Not an end to marriage and family but a new beginning, an end to old tyrannies, a beginning of agreement.
    5 — Hunting Wild Asses (66% in)
  • Any psychiatrist would say so: the tyranny of the insecure.
    11 — The Dialogue of Houses (20% in)
  • He returned from the cellar a changed man—exuberant, expansive, tyrannical.
    12 — A Mother's Love (76% in)

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