Origin of Procrustean
Examples from the Web for procrustean
But they had no right to tyrannise over others, and tie them down to their own procrustean bed.Mary Barton|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
It is revealed as the Procrustean bed which cramps us up until we ache inside.Nonsenseorship|G. G. Putnam and Others
They are too often broken outright on the Procrustean bed; they are probably always disfigured.Familiar Studies of Men and Books|Robert Louis Stevenson
To him the judicial office was a Procrustean one of fitting each case to the legal bed, if necessary by a surgical operation.An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law|Roscoe Pound
Iron-bound, impersonal ethics, the procrustean bed of rules, he soon saw at their true value as the deification of averages.Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin|Robert Louis Stevenson
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."