Latin Quotes: Sic Semper Tyrannis

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Latin Word of the Week (11/19/2008):

TYRANNUS
Tyrant
This week's Latin word is found in one of the most famous Latin phrases:

sic semper tyrannis
Thus always unto tyrants

tyrant (n): an absolute ruler; especially one in ancient Greece or Sicily.

tyranical (adj): having the character of a tyrant; unjust, cruel, arbitrary, oppressive.

Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.
-Maximilien Robespierre

tyrannicide (n): the act of killing a tyrant.

tyranny (n): the abuse or unjust use of power; a state ruled by a tyrant.

tyrannosaurus rex (n): the tyrant king of dinosaurs.

Taxation without representation is tyranny.
-James Otis

tyrannize (v): to rule unjustly.

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Brutus, as told to Julius Caesar Not rated yet
Live by the sword, die by the sword. If one rules unjust, their fate becomes the same.

Death to Tyranny! Not rated yet
I find this to be an inspiring motto. To me it means all tyrants meet their end, all people who would use a power or privilege that no human should have …

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