- any person who exercises power in a cruel way
"his father was a tyrant"
- in ancient Greece, a ruler who had seized power without legal right to it
- Time is a tyrant!
- Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- The tyrant kept the people down.
- The people suffered under the cruel tyrant.
- Emperor Nero was an extremely evil tyrant.
- They were under the yoke of a tyrant.
- We will not bend to the will of a tyrant.
- Thus, the tyrant succeeded in conquering the kingdom.
- Empowered, informed citizens are the scourge of any tyrant.
- But wherefore do not you a mightier way make war upon this bloody tyrant Time?
- The depravity of the king's deeds lead the people to believe he was nothing more than a tyrant that needed to be overthrown.
- A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious.
- It is true that Aristotle distinguishes the tyrant from the king by the fact that the former governs in his own interest, and the latter only for the good of his subjects; but it would follow from Aristotle's distinction that, from the very beginning of the world, there has not yet been a single king.