adjective Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Latin Dracon-, Draco, from Greek Drakōn Draco (Athenian lawgiver) Date: 1775 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Draco or the severe code of laws held to have been framed by him 2. cruel; also severe <
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