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Draconian

Posted by | June 14th, 2009

1. rigorous; unusually severe or cruel:

2. exceedingly harsh; very severe: a draconian legal code; draconian budget cuts.


1876 (earlier Draconic, 1680), from Draco, Gk. statesman who laid down a code of laws for Athens 621 B.C.E. that mandated death as punishment for minor crimes.

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