- draconian:  Draconian ‘excessively harsh’ is a monument to the severe code of laws drawn up in 621 BC by the Athenian statesman Draco. Its purpose was to banish inequities in the system which were leading at the time to rumblings and threats of rebellion among the common people, and to an extent it succeeded, but all it is now remembered for is its almost pathological harshness: the most trivial infraction was punished with death. When taxed with his laws’ severity, Draco is said to have replied ‘Small crimes deserve death, and for great crimes I know of no penalty severer’.
- draconian (adj.)
- 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 literally "sharp-sighted" (see dragon).
- 1. There has been an overall growth in population, despite some draconian efforts to contain it.
- 2. In U.S. S . R collectivization was imposed 1930 by draconian Methods: Which met bitter peasants'resistance.
- 1930年苏联采取严厉的办法推行 集体化 时遭到农民的强烈抵制.
- 3. Let us keep at our efforts to abolish the draconian ISA.
- 4. But Superfund's draconian liability rules offend any common - sense notion of justice.
- 5. The government has introduced a draconian regulation intended to gag the press.
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