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TYRANT, government. The chief magistrate of the state, whether legitimate or otherwise, who violates the constitution to act arbitrarily contrary to justice. Toull. tit. prel. n. 32.
     2. The term tyrant and usurper, are sometimes used as synonymous, because usurpers are almost always tyrants; usurpation is itself a tyrannical act, but properly speaking, the words usurper and tyrant convey different ideas. A king may become a tyrant, although legitimate, when he acts despotically; while a usurper may cease to be a tyrant by governing according to the dictates of justice.
     3. This term is sometimes applied to persons in authority who violate the laws and act arbitrarily towards others. Vide Despotism.

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36) This is why John Adams, in his study of the sources of American liberty and the American constitution, mentioned not only Sidney and Locke but also the works of Reformed Protestants Ponet, Milton, and the Vindicae, Contra Tyrannos.
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The Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos, for example, was translated into English in 1622 and reprinted in 1631, 1648, 1660, and 1689.
In Plato's terms, this is the equivalent of the soul completely enslaved to its worst despotic appetite, its eros tyrannos, which, because it rejects all good inconsistent with its own narrowly defined gratification, is essentially ruled by nothingness.
Gois: Tornei-me a cuidar em tudo o demais, e vi todallas maldades, tyranias, e oppressoes que se fazem debaixo do sol, e vi lagrimas d' inocentes, e nenhum consolador, nem poderem os pobres, desemparados de toda ajuda, resistir aas forcas de seus tyrannos, e opprimidores.
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Adde his nominum et cognominum adoptiones, adde divinos honores homuncioni exhibitos, adde publicis ceremoniis in deos relatos etiam sceleratissimos tyrannos.
Even in Renaissance "rationalist" political theory, as Cox notes, usurpers of power and tyrants were routinely identified with Lucifer the rebel; Philippe de Mornay's Vindicae contra tyrannos (1579)"is laced with allusions to Isa.