If you accuse your parents of being tyrants, you are saying they abuse their control of you — they are cruel, overly restrictive of your freedoms, and unfair. A tyrant is a ruler who is cruel and unjust.

Here's an idea for a game: list all the tyrants in history and vote for the worst tyrant of all time. Don't limit yourself to 20th or 21st century ones like Hitler and Stalin and Saddam Hussein. Maybe put Attila the Hun on your list. You could also name a few minor tyrants in your life, such as your boss or another person with unreasonable demands.

Definitions of tyrant
  1. noun
    a cruel and oppressive dictator
    synonyms: autocrat, despot
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    a person having great power
    type of:
    dictator, potentate
    a ruler who is unconstrained by law
  2. noun
    in ancient Greece, a ruler who had seized power without legal right to it
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    Dionysius the Elder
    the tyrant of Syracuse who fought the Carthaginians (430-367 BC)
    type of:
    ruler, swayer
    a person who rules or commands
  3. noun
    any person who exercises power in a cruel way
    “his father was a tyrant
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