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 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 — 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 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draconian — adjective /drəˈkəʊ.ni.ən,drækˈəʊ.ni.ən,drəˈkoʊ.ni.ən/ Very severe, oppressive or strict. The despot chose a draconian punishment. Syn: draconic, dragonlike …   Wiktionary

  • draconian — 1876 (earlier Draconic, implied from 1640s), from Draco, Greek statesman who laid down a code of laws for Athens 621 B.C.E. that mandated death as punishment for minor crimes. His name seems to mean lit. sharp sighted (see DRAGON (Cf. dragon)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Draconian — Draconianism, n. /dray koh nee euhn, dreuh /, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Draco or his code of laws. 2. (often l.c.) rigorous; unusually severe or cruel: Draconian forms of punishment. Also, Draconic. [1810 20; < L Dracon (s.… …   Universalium

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