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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.
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And yet the draconian measures implemented by the Karimov regime have not solved the problem of Islamist extremism in Uzbekistan.
Hong Kong authorities shut down the city’s live-poultry markets and scrambled to cull 1.6 million chickens, a draconian measure that may have helped avert a major epidemic.
Many countries have more draconian penalties than the United States for failure to report assets of which foreign workers are not aware.
Canadian housing prices have been rapidly rising for years, prompting local governments in frothy areas to take draconian measures such as a 15% tax on foreign buyers.
Shine, a longtime talent whisperer at the network, seemed like the only person capable of assuming Ailes’s unique, draconian throne.
His government has rolled back almost all freedoms won in the 2011 uprising and slapped draconian restrictions on civil society groups and silenced most critical voices in the media while police and security agencies operate with impunity.
Lucasfilm is also demanding that theaters show the film in their largest screen for at least four weeks after release and is imposing draconian restrictions and penalties to prevent early leaks.
Then there was the television ban, a draconian measure Tuberville had suffered through at Texas A&M -- the school he had just left after serving as the Aggies' defensive coordinator.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of draconian
First Known Use: 1775See Words from the same year
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