Definition of draconian adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

draconian

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adjective
NAmE//drəˈkoʊniən//
 
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(of a law, punishment, etc.) extremely cruel and severe a call for draconian measures against drug-related crime From Draco, a legislator in ancient Athens who gave severe punishments for crimes, especially the punishment of being killed.
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