Definition of draconian in English:


Line breaks: dra¦co|nian
Pronunciation: /drəˈkəʊnɪən
, dreɪ-/


(Of laws or their application) excessively harsh and severe: the Nazis destroyed the independence of the press by a series of draconian laws
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  • 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.


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



Pronunciation: /-ˈkɒnɪk/
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  • 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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