tyrant

noun
ADJECTIVE
brutal, cruel, evil, murderous, ruthless, vicious
great
petty

Some of the prison officers were petty tyrants.

VERB + TYRANT
become
overthrow
TYRANT + VERB
rule sth

The country was ruled by a tyrant.

PREPOSITION
under a/the tyrant

The kings of Sparta would not serve under the tyrants of Syracuse.


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