Definition of draconian in English:


Syllabification: dra·co·ni·an
Pronunciation: /drəˈkōnēən


(Of laws or their application) excessively harsh and severe.
More example sentences
  • The penalty imposed by law is not draconian, and serves more as a reminder to perform a common sense action.
  • These hard facts indicate real motives behind enactment of this draconian law.
  • There was a time when I would have argued that our libel laws were draconian and should be amended.
harsh, severe, strict, extreme, drastic, stringent, tough;
cruel, oppressive, ruthless, relentless, punitive;
authoritarian, despotic, tyrannical, repressive


late 19th century: from the Greek name Drakōn (see Draco2) + -ian.



Pronunciation: /-ˈkänik/
More example sentences
  • They hate having to serve years in draconic conditions with little or no pay.
  • The draconic appearance of globalisation has seized everything from them.
  • We must fight for our right to earn a living and stop this draconic law.

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