Saturday, November 26, 2011
procrustean adjective [proh-KRUHS-tee-uhn] Tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means.
Definitions for procrustean
- Tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means.
- 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.
To force them into the machine would require a Procrusteanmutilation of their basic humanity.
Origin of procrustean
Procrustean refers to the Greek myth of Procrustes, who was a robber who tortured his victims. According to mythology, he was killed by Theseus.