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Draconian

[drey-koh-nee-uh n, druh-] /dreɪˈkoʊ ni ən, drə-/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Draco or his code of laws.
2.
(often lowercase) rigorous; unusually severe or cruel:
Draconian forms of punishment.
Also, Draconic.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < Latin Dracōn- (stem of Draco) + -ian
Related forms
Draconianism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Draconian

draconian

/dreɪˈkəʊnɪən/
adjective (sometimes capital)
1.
of or relating to Draco, 7th-century Athenian statesman and lawmaker, or his code of laws, which prescribed death for almost every offence
2.
harsh: draconian legislation
Derived Forms
draconianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for Draconian

draconian

adj.

1876 (earlier Draconic, implied from 1640s), from Draco, Greek statesman who laid down a code of laws for Athens 621 B.C.E. that mandated death as punishment for minor crimes. His name seems to mean literally "sharp-sighted" (see dragon).

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