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tyrant

TY'RANT, n. [L. tyrannus.]




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TY'RANT, n. [L. tyrannus.]


TY'RANT, n. [L. tyrannus; Gr. τυραννος. The Welsh has teyrn, a king or sovereign, which Owen says is compounded of te, (that spreads,) and gyrn, imperious, supreme, from gyr, a driving. The Gaelic has tiarna and tighearna, a lord, prince or ruler, from tigh, a house; indicating that the word originally signified the master of a family merely, or the head of a clan. There is some uncertainty as to the real origin of the word. It originally signified merely a chief, king or prince.]

  1. A monarch or other ruler or master, who uses power to oppress his subjects; a person who exercises unlawful authority, or lawful authority in an unlawful manner; one who by taxation, injustice or cruel punishment, or the demand of unreasonable services, imposes burdens and hardships on these under his control, which law and humanity do not authorize, or which the purposes of government do not require.
  2. A despotic ruler; a cruel master; an oppressor. Love, to a yielding heart is a king, to a resisting heart is a tyrant. Sidney.

Tyr"ant
  1. An absolute ruler; a sovereign unrestrained by law or constitution; a usurper of sovereignty.

    * Free governments [in Greece] having superseded the old hereditary sovereignties (basilei^ai), all who obtained absolute power in a state were called ty annoi, tyrants, or rather despots; -- for the term rather regards the irregular way in which the power was gained, whether force or fraud, than the way in which it was exercised, being applied to the mild Pisistratus, but not to the despotic kings of Persia. However, the word soon came to imply reproach, and was then used like our tyrant. Liddell *** Scott.

  2. To act like a tyrant; to play the tyrant; to tyrannical.

    [Obs.] Fuller.
  3. Specifically, a monarch, or other ruler or master, who uses power to oppress his subjects] a person who exercises unlawful authority, or lawful authority in an unlawful manner; one who by taxation, injustice, or cruel punishment, or the demand of unreasonable services, imposes burdens and hardships on those under his control, which law and humanity do not authorize, or which the purposes of government do not require; a cruel master; an oppressor.

    "This false tyrant, this Nero." Chaucer.

    Love, to a yielding heart, is a king, but to a resisting, is a tyrant. Sir P. Sidney.

  4. Any one of numerous species of American clamatorial birds belonging to the family Tyrannidæ; -- called also tyrant bird.

    * These birds are noted for their irritability and pugnacity, and for the courage with which they attack rapacious birds far exceeding them in size and strength. They are mostly plain-colored birds, but often have a bright-colored crown patch. A few species, as the scissorstail, are handsomely colored. The kingbird and pewee are familiar examples.

    Tyrant flycatcher (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of tyrants which have a flattened bill, toothed at the tip, and resemble the true flycatchers in habits. The Acadian flycatcher (Empidonax Acadicus) and the vermilion flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubineus) are examples. -- Tyrant shrike (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of American tyrants of the genus Tyrannus having a strong toothed bill and resembling the strikes in habits. The kingbird is an example.

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Tyrant

TY'RANT, noun [Latin tyrannus.]

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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LEARN, v.t. lern.

1. To gain knowledge of; to acquire knowledge or ideas of something before unknown. We learn the use of letters, the meaning of words and the principles of science. We learn things by instruction, by study, and by experience and observation. It is much easier to learn what is right, than to unlearn what is wrong.

Now learn a parable of the fig tree. Matt. 24.

2. To acquire skill in any thing; to gain by practice a faculty of performing; as, to learn to play on a flute or an organ.

The chief art of learning is to attempt but little at a time.

3. To teach; to communicate the knowledge of something before unknown.

Hast thou not learned me how to make perfumes?

[This use of learn, is found in respectable writers, but is now deemed inelegant as well as improper.

LEARN, v.i. lern.

1. To gain or receive knowledge; to receive instruction; to take pattern; with of.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly - Matt. 11.

2. To receive information or intelligence.

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