[d_ɹ_a_k_ˈəʊ_n_iə_n], [dɹakˈə͡ʊni͡ən], [dɹakˈə‍ʊni‍ən]

Definitions of draconian:

  1.   Pertaining to Draco, a famous lawgiver of Athens, 621 b. c.
  2.   Belonging to the constellation Draco; of great severity.
  3.   of or relating to Draco or his harsh code of laws; " Draconian measures"

Quotes for draconian:

  1. Pension reform can be hard to talk about. In the long run, reform now means fewer demands for layoffs and less draconian measures in the future. It's in the best interest of all Californians to fix this system now. – Jerry Brown
  2. Growing up in Wales was a pretty Draconian experience with religion. – John Cale
  3. I have- I have more than an interesting task in piloting Wales into our new democracy, without wanting to exercise draconian powers on behalf of anybody else- I can assure of that. – Ron Davies
  4. The rights of copyright holders need to be protected, but some draconian remedies that have been suggested would create more problems than they would solve. – Patrick Leahy
  5. Could I have worked under a system where there were Draconian controls on my creativity, meaning budget, time, script choices, etc.? Definitely not. I would have fared poorly under the old studio system that guys like Howard Hawks did so well in. I cannot. – Michael Mann

Usage examples for draconian:

  1. These ancient laws form a somewhat Draconian code. ” – Rowing by Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
  2. But what is more important still is that probably the vast multitude of the moneyed vulgar whose exclusiveness is supplied to them in such a place dictate, tacitly at least, the Draconian policy of the management. ” – Imaginary Interviews by W. D. Howells
  3. The Collector, however, was inexorable, and indeed he had no power to mitigate the Draconian law of sale. ” – Tales of Bengal by S. B. Banerjea
  4. Here in the Netherlands the heretics, in consequence of the Draconian severity of the regulations which he himself had issued, had been hung and burned by hundreds, and hitherto he had gained nothing but the hatred of the nation which he preferred to all others. ” – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  5. “ Cromwell's parliament passed Draconian Acts punishing adultery, incest, fornication, with death; the two former on the first offence, the last on the second conviction. ” – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  6. He would like to revert to the state of things which had grown up under the Draconian laws of the Free State. ” – Native-Life-in-South-Africa by Plaatje, Sol (Solomon Tshekisho)
  7. Being a bachelor, and therefore by the Draconian moral code of the time and place denied the services of the only species of domestic servant known thereabout, the " hired girl," he boarded at the village hotel where also was his office. ” – The Best Psychic Stories by Various
  8. But that sweet liberty was all over now: with the red brick and stone dressings would come the Draconian laws of New Arden; no more corners for the comfortable accumulation of dirt, no more delicious little cupboards for the stowing away of rubbish. ” – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  9. “ Turlough was unquestionably somewhat Spartan in his severities, if not Draconian in his administration of justice. ” – An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack
  10. In like manner, when some civilized Christians made remarks on New Year's Day about the figure 13, there was much gossiping among the more superstitious Natives as to the form of trouble which the year 1913 had in store for the Natives, although none knew that a revolutionary law of Draconian severity would be launched in their midst during this eventful year. ” – Native-Life-in-South-Africa by Plaatje, Sol (Solomon Tshekisho)
  11. In many matters there was a kinship of taste between us, such as did not exist between me and Winnie, who was far from being scornful of conventions, and to whom the little Draconian laws of British 'Society' were not objects of mere amusement, as they were to me and Sinfi. ” – Aylwin by Theodore Watts-Dunton
  12. And Congress may pass draconian laws, the discussion of this subject cannot, must not, be stopped." ” – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto
  13. This reverend man, with countenance so demurely benign, with robes so glossy and so clerically flowing, with wig so minutely powdered, so rigid and so vast,- could this be he who, of late, with sour visage, and in snuffy habiliments, administered, ferule in hand, the Draconian Laws of the academy? ” – Selections From Poe by J. Montgomery Gambrill

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