Thursday, February 16, 2017
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.
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.
Origin of procrustean
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.