Shrewd vs Tyranny - What's the difference?

shrewd | tyranny |


As an adjective shrewd

is showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters.

As a noun tyranny is

a government in which a single ruler (a tyrant) has absolute power; this system of government.

shrewd

English

Adjective

(er)
  • showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters
  • artful, tricky or cunning
  • streetwise
  • *
  • knowledgeable
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=November 10 , author=Jeremy Wilson , title=tEngland Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report , work=Telegraph citation , page= , passage=The most persistent tormentor was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored a hat-trick in last month’s corresponding fixture in Iceland. His ability to run at defences is instantly striking, but it is his clever use of possession that has persuaded some shrewd judges that he is an even better prospect than Theo Walcott. }}
  • (archaic) Scolding, satirical, sharp.
  • * 1599 ,
  • LEONATO. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee a husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.

    Derived terms

    * shrewdly * shrewdness

    tyranny

    Noun

    (tyrannies)
  • A government in which a single ruler (a tyrant) has absolute power; this system of government.
  • The office or jurisdiction of an absolute ruler.
  • Absolute power, or its use.
  • Extreme severity or rigour.
  • Synonyms

    * (government) autocracy, despotism, dictatorship, monarchy

    Derived terms

    * tyrannical * tyranny of the majority

    See also

    * autocracy * monarchy