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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Definitions for procrustean

  1. Tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means.
  2. Pertaining to or suggestive of Procrustes.

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Citations for procrustean
Soon they were operating a sort of procrustean ferry where the fares were tailored to accommodate the purses of the travelers. Ultimately all pretense was dropped and the immigrants were robbed outright. Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian
To force them into the machine would require a Procrusteanmutilation of their basic humanity. Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Origin of procrustean
1840-1850
Procrustean refers to the Greek myth of Procrustes, who was a robber who tortured his victims. According to mythology, he was killed by Theseus.