procrustean

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From Procrustes +‎ -an.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɹəʊˈkɹʌsti.ən/
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procrustean (comparative more procrustean, superlative most procrustean)

  1. Enforcing strict conformity through disregard of individual differences or special circumstances. [from 17th c.]
    • 1862, Anthony Trollope, chapter IX, in North America. [], volume I, London: Chapman & Hall, [], →OCLC:
      The object in choosing the political capital is average nearness of approach from the various confines of the State; but commerce submits to no such Procrustean laws in selecting her capitals, and consequently she has placed Detroit on the borders of Michigan, []
    • 2011, Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Penguin, published 2012, page 287:
      The concept of an Age of Nationalism is a bit procrustean.

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  1. ^ (please provide the title of the work)[1], accessed 6 June 2014, archived from the original on 2014-06-07