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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

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Tyranny evolves when kings reject the legitimacy of critical speech as "protopolitical dissent" (23).
CHRIS Davies MEP writes (ECHO, May 24)a European constitution is being drafted and it was news to some national newspapers,also MPs and MEPs were not creating tyranny.
TONY Blair yesterday defended his stance on Iraq by publishing a letter from people who have fled Saddam Hussein's tyranny.
Allied forces struggled to contain the tyranny (absolute power) of Hitler, Italy's Benito Mussolini, and Japan's Hideki Tojo.
Tom Dunson (Wayne) is the Texas rancher tough enough to lead the first cattle drive north on the Chisholm Trail, but over the long drive this toughness turns to tyranny, and Dunson's undaunted courage descends into cruelty.
This England, this green and pleasant land, unfortunately appears, by stealth, to have been trapped by the tyranny of Brussels.
The tyranny of the white majority is still institutionalized in the winner-take-all, two-party, Electoral College system," he notes.
in the face of Nazism) is an eloquent expression of an ordinary person's dilemma in confronting tyranny.
This book surveys the idea of tyranny in the history of political theory.
Cloth, $65; paper, $25--Roger Boesches Theories of Tyranny covers familiar and well-trod ground: the canonical texts of the history of political thought in sequential order from Plato to Hannah Arendt.
According to Dyckman, the amend meet's call for organized prayer in schools and at commencements, "where students who don't want to pray in someone else's way have the choice of participating in angry silence or stigmatizing themselves by walking out," is "not religious freedom; it's religious tyranny.
Italian tragic poet whose predominant theme was the overthrow of tyranny.
Said says (and, unlike Makiya, I quote verbatim): "The best of today's writers are oppositional figures who frequently use literary virtuosity as an oblique critique of life in various Arab states, where tyranny and atavism are common features of daily existence.
Because of what I call the Law of the Tyranny of Detail.
However, I do think Foster's discussion misconstrues the nature of Saddam Hussein's tyranny, and implicitly underrates the importance of imperialism in creating and sustaining the Iraqi dictatorship.