Procrustes [ proh- kruhs-teez ] SHOW IPA / proʊˈkrʌs tiz / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun Classical Mythology. a robber who stretched or amputated the limbs of travelers to make them conform to the length of his bed. He was killed by Theseus.
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?
Words nearby Procrustes procreation
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022
How to use Procrustes in a sentence
Procrustes's home, and partook freely of the food set before him.
The literary committee were so impressed with this idea that they presented it to Baxter in regard to the
Procrustes was ready for distribution, each subscriber received his copy by mail, in a neat pasteboard box.
In pursuance of my duty in the premises, it of course became necessary for me to read the
Procrustes. British Dictionary definitions for Procrustes noun Greek myth a robber, who put travellers in his bed, stretching or lopping off their limbs so that they fitted it Word Origin for Procrustes
C16: from Greek
Prokroustēs the stretcher, from prokrouein to extend by hammering out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for Procrustes
A mythical Greek giant who was a thief and a murderer. He would capture travelers and tie them to an iron bed. If they were longer than the bed, he would hack off their limbs until they fit it. If they were too short, he would stretch them to the right size.
notes for Procrustes
A “procrustean” method is one that relentlessly tries to shape a person, an argument, or an idea to a predetermined pattern.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.