- pertaining to or suggestive of Procrustes.
- (often lowercase) tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means.
Origin of Procrustean
Examples from the Web for procrustean
It is revealed as the Procrustean bed which cramps us up until we ache inside.Nonsenseorship
G. G. Putnam and Others
Freethought has no procrustean bed upon which it may bring all of its constituency to one and the same size.Handbook of Freethought
It forced violin playing into a Procrustean bed unsuited to its true nature and mission.Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work
Stephen Samuel Stratton
Too late to catch the Folkestone packet, his bed is in Boulogne—no bed of roses, but a couch of Procrustean.Gwen Wynn
Iron-bound, impersonal ethics, the procrustean bed of rules, he soon saw at their true value as the deification of averages.Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin
Robert Louis Stevenson
- tending or designed to produce conformity by violent or ruthless methods
Word Origin and History for procrustean
1846 in figurative sense, "violently making conformable to standard," from Procrustes, mythical robber of Attica who seized travelers, tied them to his bed, and either stretched their limbs or lopped of their legs to make them fit it. The name is Greek Prokroustes "one who stretches," from prokrouein "to beat out, stretch out," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + krouein "to strike."