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draconian (dray KOH nee uhn, druh KOH nee uhn) (adjective), more draconian, most draconian
Descriptive of harsh, severe, punitive laws or expectations prepared by the celebrated lawgiver Greek Draco of Athens, Greece in the seventh century B.C.: The draconian laws of the Greek despot were guaranteed to create a distressed population.

The draconian laws were exceedingly severe, and the term is now sometimes applied to any laws of unusual harshness of a country.

As nearly every violation of Draco's laws was a capital offense, Demades, the orator, said that the draconian code was written in blood.

Descriptive of being very severe or harsh.
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A reference to harsh or very severe laws or rules. (1)