- 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.
Origin of Draconian
Examples from the Web for draconian
Human rights groups, however, said the measures were “draconian” and counter-productive.To Stop ISIS, Britain Is Set to Stop Free Speech
November 25, 2014
This photograph is a critique of how draconian the rules of society can be.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
A top National Institutes of Health official called the quarantines “draconian.”Are Mandatory Ebola Quarantines Legal?
October 28, 2014
I fear the latter, given the draconian governmental measures over a single case, but time will tell.It’s Not Time to Worry About China’s Plague Just Yet
July 23, 2014
Draconian punishments were meted out to supposed sinners and traitors.Saddam’s Former Deputy, the Red Skull of Baghdad, Still at Large in Iraq and Allied With ISIS
Jacob Siegel, Christopher Dickey
July 21, 2014
There were, however, some exceptions even to this Draconian system.Mirk Abbey, Volume 3(of 3)
Which was all very well, if he had only found out what the Draconian reforms were.The Cruise of the Dazzler
This draconian injunction had to be obeyed, the more so as the lieutenant was labouring under great excitement.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2
To walk these two miles per diem is a Draconian law which I impose upon myself during all seasons of the year.The Arena
What shall we say of the ingenious system of penal laws, which, with Draconian cruelty, was enacted against Catholicity?
- of or relating to Draco, 7th-century Athenian statesman and lawmaker, or his code of laws, which prescribed death for almost every offence
- harshdraconian legislation
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).