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Examples of draconian in a Sentence
The editorial criticizes the draconian measures being taken to control the spread of the disease.
Recent Examples of draconian from the Web
Again, its egotistical insistence that its golf course be the champion has led to overcooked greens and draconian pin placements.
Democrats appeared unified against the plan, calling it harsh and draconian.
Britain hasn’t endured austerity to the same degree as Greece, where cutbacks were swift and draconian.
Those who criticize raising the age limit call the efforts draconian and a violation of some cultural and religious customs.
The news came via an overheard walkie-talkie conversation; she was destined for the Malathi unit, notorious for its cruelty and draconian discipline.
Oil prices have strengthened in recent weeks amid worry Washington would reinstate draconian sanctions that might quickly curtain Iranian exports, cutting global supplies.
For years, authorities in Lowndes County imposed a draconian practice of arresting the mostly black citizens who skirted the county health regulations by straight-piping or creating their own solutions for the sewage problem.
Worse still is that the White House and many members of Congress seem opposed to the very pursuit of facts and have tried to place draconian restrictions on what federal scientists can research, publish or even discuss.
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Did You Know?
Draconian comes from Draco, the name of a 7th-century B.C. Athenian legislator who created a written code of law. Draco's code was intended to clarify preexistent laws, but its severity is what made it really memorable. In Draco's code, even minor offenses were punishable by death, and failure to pay one's debts could result in slavery. Draconian, as a result, became associated with things cruel or harsh. Something draconian need not always be as cruel as the laws in Draco's code, though - today the word is used in a wide variety of ways and often refers to measures (steep parking fines, for example) that are relatively minor when compared with the death penalty.
DRACONIAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of draconian for English Language Learners
: very severe or cruel
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