draconian


dra·co·ni·an

adjective, often capitalized \drā-ˈkō-nē-ən, drə-\

: very severe or cruel

Full Definition of DRACONIAN

1
:  of, relating to, or characteristic of Draco or the severe code of laws held to have been framed by him
2
:  cruel; also :  severe <draconian littering fines>

Examples of DRACONIAN

  1. The editorial criticizes the draconian measures being taken to control the spread of the disease.

Origin of DRACONIAN

Latin Dracon-, Draco, from Greek Drakōn Draco (Athenian lawgiver)
First Known Use: 1775

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