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[drey-koh-nee-uh n, druh-] /dreɪˈkoʊ ni ən, drə-/
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Athenian statesman Draco, or his severe code of laws.
(often lowercase) rigorous; unusually severe or cruel:
Draconian forms of punishment.
Also, Draconic.
Origin of Draconian
1810-20; < Latin Dracōn- (stem of Draco) + -ian
Related forms
Draconianism, noun Unabridged
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  • After binding the Jew hand and foot by these Draconian regulations there was indeed no necessity for further insulting him.

  • There were, however, some exceptions even to this Draconian system.

  • It was certainly impossible for him to join them when he had not yet learned about the Draconian reforms.

  • To walk these two miles per diem is a Draconian law which I impose upon myself during all seasons of the year.

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  • He read the sentence through three times, and then recollected that he had not looked up the Draconian reforms.

British Dictionary definitions for Draconian


adjective (sometimes capital)
of or relating to Draco, 7th-century Athenian statesman and lawmaker, or his code of laws, which prescribed death for almost every offence
harsh: draconian legislation
Derived Forms
draconianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for Draconian



1876 (earlier Draconic, implied from 1640s), from Draco, Greek statesman who laid down a code of laws for Athens 621 B.C.E. that mandated death as punishment for minor crimes. His name seems to mean literally "sharp-sighted" (see dragon).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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