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To Týrannise. v.n. [tyraniser, Fr. from tyrant.] To play the tyrant; to act with rigour and imperiousness.

While we trust in the mercy of God thro' Christ Jesus, fear will not be able to tyrannise over us. Hooker.

Then gan Carausius tyrannise anew,
And gainst the Romans bent their proper power,
And so Alectus treacherously slew,
And took on him the robe of Emperor.
Fairy Queen.

          I made thee miserable,
What time I threw the people's suffrages
On him, that thus doth tyrannise o'er me.

A crew, whom like ambition joins
With him, or under him to tyrannise.

Beauty had crown'd you, and you must have been
The whole world's mistress, other than a queen;
All had been rivals, and you might have spar'd,
Or kill'd and tyrannis'd without a guard.

He does violence to his own faculties, tyrannises over his own mind, and usurps the prerogative that belongs to truth alone, which is to command assent by its own authority. Locke's Works.

Sources: Hooker, Richard (175) · Locke, John (269) · Milton, John (449) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (16) · Waller, Edmund (63)

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