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Synonyms for tyranny

Synonyms for tyranny

a government in which a single leader or party exercises absolute control over all citizens and every aspect of their lives

absolute power, especially when exercised unjustly or cruelly

Synonyms for tyranny

a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc

dominance through threat of punishment and violence

References in classic literature ?
Then he is a parricide, and a cruel guardian of an aged parent; and this is real tyranny, about which there can be no longer a mistake: as the saying is, the people who would escape the smoke which is the slavery of freemen, has fallen into the fire which is the tyranny of slaves.
Very well; and may we not rightly say that we have sufficiently discussed the nature of tyranny, and the manner of the transition from democracy to tyranny?
"Sooner or later," he writes, "the language of anti-totalitarianism will have to be abandoned and the classic problem of tyranny revisited." From the ancient Greeks down to the Enlightenment, there was "a continuous tradition of political theory.
To see the disintegration of the Soviet Union as a sign of the failure of socialism is to mistake the monstrous tyranny created by Stalin for the vision of an egalitarian and democratic society that has inspired enormous numbers of people all over the world.
Underlying the research and promulgation is reaction against the lasting tyranny of the horrible developers' office of the '80s, typically deep-plan, air-conditioned and sub-divided into units.
Prometheus, tortured, is tempted to yield to Jupiter's tyranny but instead forgives him.
While his claims along these lines are somewhat discomforting, McGlew does force us to consider the interesting theoretical problem of the relationship between tyranny and democracy.
Benjamin Rush: "I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against any form of tyranny over the mind of man.
There is no 'reign of terror and tyranny' in the Philippines, Malacanang said Monday, after Sister Patricia Fox slammed the alleged increasing human rights abuses and culture of impunity under the Duterte administration.
According to reporter, the JKLF spokesman in a statement at Srinagar, paying tributes to the martyred youth, said, 'Tyranny when increases is destined to vanish and as Indian oppression and tyranny is crossing every limit in Kashmir, its end is also not far.'
He referred, in a statement today to "the steadfastness of Imam Hussein against tyranny where he generally sacrificed the most precious possessions, by himself and his family, in order to uphold the word of right against injustice and tyranny." The coalition said in the statement, "we recall the great epic of Ashura every year, to be a lesson and sermon, in the bravery, steadfastness and sacrifice and to strengthen the cohesion and unity" ./End
The tyranny of liberalism; understanding and overcoming administered freedom, inquisitorial tolerance, and equality by command.
Amanda Callin and her privateers who hold hostage a lost world which serves as the home of a hitherto unknown colony In "Tyranny's Outpost" (9780972784009, $15.95) and only Elise Danion and the crew of the cargo ship Capricorn hold out any hope for the oppressed.
SIR - Labour supporter Gwilym Levell's clearly implied claim that English speakers in Wales are subjected to linguistic tyranny is just about the most ludicrous claim that I've ever encountered.
84, Hamilton notes that ex post facto laws "and the practice of arbitrary imprisonments, have been, in all ages, the favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny." He quotes Blackstone, who remarks: "To bereave a man of life, or by violence to confiscate his estate, without accusation or trial, would be so gross and notorious an act of despotism, as must at once convey the alarm of tyranny throughout the whole nation; but confinement of the person, by secretly hurrying him to jail, where his sufferings are unknown or forgotten, is a less public, a less striking, and therefore a more dangerous engine of arbitrary government."