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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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Behem nekterych valek jsou tyrany jen zeny patrici k urcite skupine (viz Rwanda, Bosna a Hercegovina), behem jinych valek nema sexualni nasili diskriminacni podobu.
Por ejemplo, para Leymann (1996) la diferencia entre mobbing (acoso psicologico) y cualquier otro conflicto en las relaciones interpersonales a nivel laboral como el "incivismo" en nuestro caso, se debe particularmente a que el mobbing no se desarrolla entre iguales, existiendo una relacion victima y agredido que tiene una posicion de inferioridad frente a su agresor o un estilo petty tyrany, mientras que en el "incivismo" se habla de "instigador" y "victima" que pueden estar al mismo nivel (Cortina, et al.
Pictures have been flashed around the world of thugs chasing Tsvangirai supporters across the landscape and dishing out beatings in order to reinstall Mugabe's tyrany.