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draconian

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adjective dra·co·ni·an \drā-ˈkō-nē-ən, drə-\

Simple Definition of draconian

  • : very severe or cruel

Full Definition of draconian

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characteristic of Draco or the severe code of laws held to have been framed by him

  2. 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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