draconian

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From the Athenian lawmaker Draco, known for making harsh laws.

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draconian (comparative more draconian, superlative most draconian)

  1. Very severe, oppressive or strict.
    The Soviet regime was draconian.
    The mayor announced draconian budget cuts today.
    • 2009, Stuart Macintyre, A Concise History of Australia, page 125
      The conflict in the countryside resulted in a far more draconian punishment. The Southern Cross flag flew over the camps of striking shearers, who in revenge for their victimisation burned grass, fences, buildings and even riverboats []
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin draco (dragon).

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draconian (comparative more draconian, superlative most draconian)

  1. (obsolete, except in fiction) Of or resembling a dragon
    • 2006, Steven Erikson, Deadhouse Gates, Book Two, ISBN 0765348799, page 384:
      The dragon came low to the earth. It defied every image of a draconian being Kulp had ever seen.
    • 2009, Jacob Silvia, Qhoenix, page 73
      A large sandwyrm (which isn't to be confused with a sandworm) popped its draconian head from the earth.
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