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also pro·crus·te·an  (prō-krŭs′tē-ən)
Producing or designed to produce strict conformity by ruthless or arbitrary means.

[After Procrustes, a mythical Greek giant who stretched or shortened captives to make them fit his beds, from Latin Procrustēs, from Greek Prokroustēs, from prokrouein, hammer out, to stretch out : pro-, forth; see pro-2 + krouein, to beat.]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) tending or designed to produce conformity by violent or ruthless methods


(proʊˈkrʌs ti ən)

1. pertaining to or suggestive of Procrustes.
2. (often l.c.) tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means.
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Adj.1.Procrustean - of or relating to the mythical giant Procrustes or the mode of torture practiced by him


[prəʊˈkrʌstɪən] ADJde Procusto


adjunnachgiebig, starr; Procrustean bedProkrustesbett nt
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