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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.]
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) tending or designed to produce conformity by violent or ruthless methods
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(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
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[prəʊˈkrʌstɪən] ADJde Procusto
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adjunnachgiebig, starr; Procrustean bedProkrustesbett nt
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A procrustean conception of women's lives guides Khilnani's treatment of gender and readers will doubtless find other reasons to quibble with his choices.
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The question how editions should negotiate the presence of Middle Arabic elements in manuscripts is a divisive one and there has been growing dissatisfaction in some circles with the frequently adopted approach of purifying editions of these elements in order to produce a "Procrustean" conformity with the privileged norms of Classical Arabic ("Procrustean" is Joshua Blau's term, referring to Christian Arabic texts, in A Grammar of Christian Arabic, Based Mainly on South-Palestinian Texts from the First Millennium [Louvain, 1966], 1: 36 n.
(1) To this reader, this Procrustean project is less convincing than other interpretations.
Murphy's Procrustean attempt to connect the creators and their creation of the independent USAF to the ethos of the Escadrille Lafayette must also deal with the fact that the independent USAF was created by the bomber barons, not the fighter mafia.
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That is, for Paul there is no Procrustean God-known-apart-from-Jesus to which final appeal can be made.
Encompassing different cultural zones, Balakian's book eschews the Procrustean imputation by presenting vigorous, clear-sighted, unifying arguments.
longissima based on cluster analyses, relative warp analyses coupled with box plot and histogram and procrustean analyses was conducted.