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[drey-koh-nee-uh n, druh-]
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Athenian statesman Draco, or his severe code of laws.
  2. (often lowercase) rigorous; unusually severe or cruel: Draconian forms of punishment.
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Also Draconic.

Origin of Draconian

1810–20; < Latin Dracōn- (stem of Draco) + -ian
Related formsDra·co·ni·an·ism, noun
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draconic (dreɪˈkɒnɪk)

adjective (sometimes capital)
  1. of or relating to Draco, 7th-century Athenian statesman and lawmaker, or his code of laws, which prescribed death for almost every offence
  2. harshdraconian legislation
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Derived Formsdraconianism, noun
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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).

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