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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Definitions for procrustean

  1. tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means.
  2. (initial capital letter) pertaining to or suggestive of Procrustes.

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Citations for procrustean
A procrustean system or plan forces individuals--no matter how different they may be--to fit the same mold or to conform to a single type or pattern. William F. Russell, Classic Myths to Read Aloud, 1989
While doing so, I felt uneasily procrustean: Here and there limbs of the manuscript needed to be stretched, and elsewhere a protruding foot might be lopped off, if all the episodes were to be edited into a single, coherent, continuous work. John Callahan, "Afterword: A Note to Scholars," Juneteenth, by Ralph Ellison, 1999
Origin of procrustean
1840-1850
Procrustean entered English in the mid-1600s. The term comes from Procrustes, a robber in classical mythology who stretched or amputated the limbs of travelers to make them conform to the length of his bed.
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