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- (UK) IPA(key): /dɹəˈkəʊ.ni.ən/, /dɹækˈəʊ.ni.ən/
- (US) enPR: drə-kō'ni-ən, IPA(key): /dɹəˈkoʊ.ni.ən/
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- Rhymes: -əʊniən
From the Athenian lawmaker Draco, known for making harsh laws.
- Very severe 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 […]
- 2020 April 8, Howard Johnston, “East-ended? When the ECML was at risk”, in Rail, page 65:
- Perhaps lessons had already been learned from the Draconian infrastructure cuts on the Waterloo-Exeter route.
severe, oppressive or strict
- (obsolete, except in fiction) Of or resembling a dragon.
- 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.
of or resembling a dragon