Pro·​crus·​tes prə-ˈkrə-(ˌ)stēz How to pronounce Procrustes (audio)
: a villainous son of Poseidon in Greek mythology who forces travelers to fit into his bed by stretching their bodies or cutting off their legs

Word History


Latin, from Greek Prokroustēs

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Procrustes was in 1567

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“Procrustes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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