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Procrustean

[proh-kruhs-tee-uh n] /proʊˈkrʌs ti ən/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or suggestive of Procrustes.
2.
(often lowercase) tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; Procruste(s) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Procrustean

Procrustean

/prəʊˈkrʌstɪən/
adjective
1.
tending or designed to produce conformity by violent or ruthless methods
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Word Origin and History for Procrustean
Procrustean
1846 in figurative sense of "aiming to produce conformity by arbitrary means," from Procrustes (1583), mythical robber of Attica who seized travelers, tied them to his bed, and either stretched their limbs or lopped of their legs to make them fit it. The name is Gk. Prokroustes "one who stretches," from prokrouein "to beat out, stretch out," from pro- "before" + krouein "to strike."
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