Draconian laws
Draconian Dra*co"ni*an, a. Pertaining to Draco, a famous lawgiver of Athens, 621 b. c. Used especially in the phrase {Draconian punishment}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Draconian code}, or {Draconian laws}, a code of laws made by Draco. Their measures were so severe that they were said to be written in letters of blood; hence, any laws of excessive rigor.

{Draconian punishment}, punishment so severe as to seem excessive for the crime being punished. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • draconian laws — A code of laws prepared by Draco, the celebrated lawgiver of Athens, that, by modern standards, are considered exceedingly severe. The term draconian has come to be used to refer to any unusually harsh law. Dictionary from West s Encyclopedia of… …   Law dictionary

  • draconian laws — /drakowniyan loz/ A code of laws prepared by Draco, the celebrated lawgiver of Athens. These laws were exceedingly severe, and the term is now sometimes applied to any laws of unusual harshness …   Black's law dictionary

  • draconian laws — /drakowniyan loz/ A code of laws prepared by Draco, the celebrated lawgiver of Athens. These laws were exceedingly severe, and the term is now sometimes applied to any laws of unusual harshness …   Black's law dictionary

  • Draconian laws — A code of laws compiled by Draco the lawgiver of Athens; the term is applied to laws which are unreasonably harsh or severe …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Draconian — Dra*co ni*an, a. Pertaining to Draco, a famous lawgiver of Athens, 621 b. c. Used especially in the phrase {Draconian punishment}. [1913 Webster +PJC] {Draconian code}, or {Draconian laws}, a code of laws made by Draco. Their measures were so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Draconian code — Draconian Dra*co ni*an, a. Pertaining to Draco, a famous lawgiver of Athens, 621 b. c. Used especially in the phrase {Draconian punishment}. [1913 Webster +PJC] {Draconian code}, or {Draconian laws}, a code of laws made by Draco. Their measures… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Draconian punishment — Draconian Dra*co ni*an, a. Pertaining to Draco, a famous lawgiver of Athens, 621 b. c. Used especially in the phrase {Draconian punishment}. [1913 Webster +PJC] {Draconian code}, or {Draconian laws}, a code of laws made by Draco. Their measures… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Draconian — is an adjective meaning great severity, that derives from Draco, an Athenian law scribe under whom small offences had heavy punishments (Draconian laws). Draconian may also refer to: Draconian (band), a Death/doom metal band from Sweden Draconian …   Wikipedia

  • draconian — I adjective austere, exacting, extreme, fanatical, formalistic, harsh, inflexible, insensitive, intolerant, precise, punctilious, puritanical, relentless, rigid, rigorous, ruthless, severe, Spartan, stiff, strict, stringent, unbending,… …   Law dictionary

  • Draconian Justice —    , DRACONIC    Draco, an Athenian, was an archon, or chief magistrate, who, in the seventh century B.C., drew up a code of laws the first in writing noted for its severity. Previously justice was determined by the elders or by blood feuds. But… …   Dictionary of eponyms

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