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 (drā-kō′nē-ən, drə-)
Exceedingly harsh; very severe: a draconian legal code; draconian budget cuts.

[After Draco.]


(dreɪˈkəʊnɪən) or


adj (sometimes capital)
1. of or relating to Draco, 7th-century Athenian statesman and lawmaker, or his code of laws, which prescribed death for almost every offence
2. harsh: draconian legislation.
draˈconianism n


(dreɪˈkoʊ ni ən, drə-)

also Dra•con•ic

(-ˈkɒn ɪk)

1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Draco or his code of laws.
2. (often l.c.) (esp. of punishment) unusually severe or cruel; harsh.
Dra•co′ni•an•ism, n.
Dra•con′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Draconian - of or relating to Draco or his harsh code of laws; "Draconian measures"


adjective (sometimes cap.) severe, hard, harsh, stern, drastic, stringent, punitive, austere, pitiless draconian censorship laws


[drəˈkəʊnɪən] ADJdraconiano, severo, riguroso


[drəˈkəʊniən] adj [law, measure] → draconien(ne)




[drəˈkəʊnɪən] adjdraconiano/a
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