[ proh-kruhs-tee-uh n ]
/ proʊˈkrʌs ti ən /


pertaining to or suggestive of Procrustes.
(often lowercase) tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means.

Origin of Procrustean

First recorded in 1840–50; Procruste(s) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for procrustean


/ (prəʊˈkrʌstɪən) /


tending or designed to produce conformity by violent or ruthless methods
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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."

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