- tyr|an|ny [ˈtırəni] n plural tyrannies [U and C][Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: tyrannie, from Medieval Latin tyrannia, from Latin tyrannus; TYRANT]1.) cruel or unfair control over other people▪ Gorky was often the victim of his grandfather's tyranny.▪ the fight against tyranny2.) cruel and unfair government▪ organizations which have criticized the tyrannies of the government3.) tyranny of the majoritythe idea that if everyone has the right to vote, they will make decisions which will harm the country4.) something in your life that limits your freedom to do things the way you want totyranny of▪ the tyranny of the nine-to-five working day
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.