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The man is the head of the family, but he must not be a tyrant.

Do not consider me as your master—your tyrant; do not imagine that I think you ungrateful!

He lays his finger on the tyrant's head, and he sinks into the dust!

A tyrant's authority for crime and fool's excuse for failure.

When the People have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one.

Take him all in all, James was a bigot, a tyrant, a conceited fool.

You cannot help thinking that the sneak would be a tyrant, if he had the opportunity.

Don't you fairly detest going into business with that tyrant yonder?

The tyrant, it has been said, is but a slave turned inside out.

Another will pose as a social benefactor, while at home he is an egoist and a tyrant.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "absolute ruler," from Old French tyrant (12c.), from Latin tyrannus "lord, master, tyrant" (cf. Spanish tirano, Italian tiranno), from Greek tyrannos "lord, master, sovereign, absolute ruler," a loan-word from a language of Asia Minor (probably Lydian); cf. Etruscan Turan "mistress, lady" (surname of Venus).

The spelling with -t arose in Old French by analogy with present participle endings in -ant. Fem. form tyranness is recorded from 1590 (Spenser); cf. Medieval Latin tyrannissa (late 14c.).

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