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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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Keynes believed that this repressed form of aggression in capitalism, spurred on by the addiction to money-making, was in fact a healthy alternative: "It is better that a man should tyrannise over his bank balance than over his fellow-citizens" (374).
Are we living in an age in which the majority can always tyrannise the minority into conformity?
In phrases like "let us not permit the playwright to tyrannise over us" one inclines to see a reaction against the dominance of Yeats at the Abbey, but Robinson, of course, was one of them (the authors) as well as one of us, the theatre practitioners and therefore in a position to warn (as Vormann makes admirably clear) against the dangers of radical demands on either side.
To misquote Keynes, it is better that such people tyrannise over their data sets than over other people.
Respected Judge Catron did his best to impose order: "Let it be once understood that the bar of Tennessee dare not fight"; whoever did so would be disbarred.(159) "The truth is, such men are too often insolent and impudent bullies, who tyrannise over, and impose upon, all orderly men about them; who literally dragoon society, by fear of personal violence, into silence and seeming acquiescence, with respect to their conduct."(160) Despite the infamous northern duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, dueling was very rare in the North and Northwest,(161) which helped greatly in maintaining respect for authority and decorum.
After Rhoda and her mother are evicted, the grieving daughter writes a letter to her brother wherein she anxiously puzzles over the governess's anarchic reign; she attributes the governess's power to "some mysterious cause" that "enables her to frighten and tyrannise over my poor father" even though "he absolutely detests her."(30) The governess's transgressions against the state must be redressed, and this foreign supplanter soon meets the anticipated fate of a French tyrant.
Doing injustice to others through aggression against their lives, property or anything else, is dispraised in many Qur'anic verses such as the verse that reads (what means):{The cause is only against the ones who wrong the people and tyrannise upon the earth without right.
But he could not resist adding: "We're also mindful, of course, that the best hope for Syria and the Syrian people is not an expansion of [President] Bashar al-Assad's ability to tyrannise the Syrian people."
point, which is to tyrannise, no more resemble Christianity than a wolf
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's PM, said Tehran had shown its "true face" when suppressing domestic opponents and that it could easily come to "tyrannise" other states, too.