Origin of Draconian
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Human rights groups, however, said the measures were “draconian” and counter-productive.
This photograph is a critique of how draconian the rules of society can be.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism|Dina Goldstein|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A top National Institutes of Health official called the quarantines “draconian.”
I fear the latter, given the draconian governmental measures over a single case, but time will tell.It’s Not Time to Worry About China’s Plague Just Yet|Kent Sepkowitz|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Draconian punishments were meted out to supposed sinners and traitors.Saddam’s Former Deputy, the Red Skull of Baghdad, Still at Large in Iraq and Allied With ISIS|Jacob Siegel, Christopher Dickey|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He read the sentence through three times, and then recollected that he had not looked up the Draconian reforms.
These Draconian rules obviate our degrading system of affiliation summonses.The American Egypt|Channing Arnold
What shall we say of the ingenious system of penal laws, which, with Draconian cruelty, was enacted against Catholicity?
Which was all very well, if he had only found out what the Draconian reforms were.
If there are exceptions who do not subscribe to these Draconian laws of the Parisian code, they are solitary examples.Father Goriot|Honore de Balzac
adjective (sometimes capital)
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).