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[drey-kon-ik, druh-] /dreɪˈkɒn ɪk, drə-/
of or like a dragon.
Origin of draconic
1670-80; < Latin dracōn- (stem of dracō) dragon + -ic
Related forms
draconically, adverb


[drey-kon-ik, druh-] /dreɪˈkɒn ɪk, drə-/
(often lowercase) Draconian.
< Latin Dracōn- (see Draco) + -ic
Related forms
Draconically, adverb Unabridged
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  • As he still remained silent he was ordered by the draconic law of those days to be pressed to death.

  • In this matter of afforestation, Scanno continues its system of draconic severity.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • But it does not strike Sally as rising to the height of her draconic summary.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • The draconic laws of the country punish this offence with hanging.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • And he formed in his head draconic laws which he would fain have executed upon men who lost money at play and did not pay.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • For some reason, the equator, the colure, the zenith and the poles were all marked out by these serpentine or draconic forms.

    The Astronomy of the Bible E. Walter Maunder
  • Mrs. Burr made her attitude easier to herself by affecting a draconic demeanour.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • Some may object that the myth may have brought about the conception of the draconic constellations.

    The Astronomy of the Bible E. Walter Maunder
  • His mission was to put down the insurrection in that district, and the means he employed were draconic.

    The Dust of Conflict David Goodger (
British Dictionary definitions for draconic


of, like, or relating to a dragon
Derived Forms
draconically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dracōdragon
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