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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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As mentioned above, however, from his study of all the textual and artistic evidence that remains, Gantz argues that it is not absolutely certain that the Sphinx was believed to have asked riddles prior to the production of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos. (13)
(27) Hubert Languet, Vindiciae contra tyrannos ([Basel]: [n.
II De tyranno di Bartolo da Sassoferrato, 1314-1357 (Firenze: Olschki, 1983); Miola, "Julius Caesar and the Tyrannicide Debate."
Non puo stupirci allora che l'appassionata invettiva contro il tiranno che per venticinque anni ha vessato una citta che potrebbe essere proprio Bologna, da cui ha preso le mosse il nostro discorso, resti un frammento destinato--per quanto ci e dato sapere--a una fruizione rigorosamente privata; cosi come analogo destino sembrano aver avuto le pagine di Heliogalbalus, (19) un singolare racconto a chiave in cui il protagonista, depravato "princeps lenonum", ha caratteri cosi simili al tiranno che e al centro della vibrante denuncia post mortem contenuta nella Declamatio in tyrannos.
Nie provides the practical close readings of the literary classics, such as Hamlet, Oedipus Tyrannos, and The Old Man and The Sea.
Oedipus Tyrannos does not take place in stately, civilized, classical Athens.
The French, unlike those who submit to foreign rule, "Deffende justitiam allegatam et non tyranniam, et allega justos, non tyrannos" ("defend the chosen justice, and not tyranny, and choose just ones, not tyrants") (176).