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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Definitions for draconian

  1. Pertaining to Draco, a lawgiver of Athens, 621 B.C.
  2. Excessively harsh; severe.

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Citations for draconian
It was drizzling outside Friday as the governor was unveiling his budget with its painful program cuts that even he called draconian. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times
In October 1996 Allen publicly admitted that his draconian cost-cutting campaign had had devastating effects on Delta's workforce. Daniel Goleman, Working with Emotional Intelligence
Origin of draconian
Draconian refers to a code of laws made by Draco. Their measures were so severe that they were said to be written in blood.