Procrustes

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Procrustes

(prəʊˈkrʌstiːz)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a robber, who put travellers in his bed, stretching or lopping off their limbs so that they fitted it
[C16: from Greek Prokroustēs the stretcher, from prokrouein to extend by hammering out]

Pro•crus•tes

(proʊˈkrʌs tiz)

n.
(in Greek myth) a robber who stretched or amputated the limbs of travelers to make them conform to the length of his bed.
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Noun1.Procrustes - (Greek mythology) a mythical giant who was a thief and murderer; he would capture people and tie them to an iron bed, stretching them or hacking off their legs to make them fit; was killed by Theseus
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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Procrustes

[prəʊˈkrʌstiːz] NProcusto
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La historia de intervenciones correctivas a traves de medidas juridicas politicamente definidas se asemeja a aquellas en la pedagogia, la medicina, la criminologia, la politica de desarrollo y la terapia: nada nuevo desde Prokrustes. Tambien el pensamiento sistemico ha apoyado esa prevencion contra correcciones externamente dirigidas centradas en el enfasis en la adecuacion al entorno.
--1999 'Prokrustes in Gariwerd', Archaeology in Oceania 34:86.
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