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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
Democrats say Trump is trying to use the draconian measure to gain leverage in negotiating immigration legislation in Congress, and White House officials have acknowledged that is their plan.
Prosecutors use draconian bail measures and conditions to force guilty pleas - attacking prosecutorial misconduct - that should be the goal.
To the credit of congressional Republicans, this draconian policy remains in limbo.
Where is Trump’s engagement with Flint, Puerto Rico, and those impacted by draconian immigrant policy?
And the Trump administration is now calling for even more draconian budget cuts.
The country's best preschools boast more than just draconian velvet rope policies.
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.
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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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