Draconian

[drey-koh-nee-uhn, druh-]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining 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:
1810–20; < Latin Dracōn- (stem of Draco) + -ian

Draconianism, noun
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draconian or draconic (dreɪˈkəʊnɪən, dreɪˈkɒnɪk)
 
adj
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
 
draconic or draconic
 
adj
 
dra'conianism or draconic
 
n

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draconian
1876 (earlier Draconic, 1680), from Draco, Gk. 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 lit. "sharp-sighted" (see dragon).
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Sample quotes emancipation at the price of a ruinous war and a draconian peace.
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