Definition of Procrustean adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌprəʊˈkrʌstiən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌproʊˈkrʌstiən//
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(of a system, a set of rules, etc.) treating all people or things as if they are the same, without considering individual differences and in a way that is too strict and unreasonable More Like This Expressions from history and legend Achilles heel, Cinderella, Herculean, Mephistophelian, Midas touch, narcissism, odyssey, Prince Charming, Procrustean, Promethean, Pyrrhic, Robin Hood, Scylla and Charybdis, Sleeping Beauty, Stygian, TitanSee worksheet. From the Greek story of Procrustes, a robber who forced people to lie on a bed and made them fit it by stretching their bodies or cutting off part of their legs. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from the name Procrustes (a robber in Greek mythology who forced travellers to lie on a bed and made them fit it by stretching their limbs or cutting off the appropriate length of leg) + -an.
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