|"There is but one way to know the truth, and that is not a golden one. It is fraught with toil and sacrifice and perhaps ridicule. The seeker of the truth must be fearless, he must not be afraid to enter the innermost holies of holies, and to tear down the veils of superstition that hang about any human and so-called divine institution. It is the truth that makes men free. If the truth tears down every church and government under the sun, let the truth be known and this truth only will be known when men cease to swallow the capsules of ancient doctors of divinities and politics; and when men begin to seek the truth in the records of history, politics, religion, and science." - Charles Austin Beard, 1898|
ny, tir'a·ne, n. pl. tyr· an· nies.
[O.Fr. tirannie (Fr. tyrannie), < M.L. tyrannia,
< Gr. tyrannia, < tyrannos, E. tyrant.] The
government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler, as in ancient Greece;
a state ruled by a tyrant; oppressive or unjust government by any ruler;
despotic abuse or authority; undue severity or harshness; a tyrannical
act or proceeding.
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