Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,
Nehama
med_cat
1word1day

Friday word: Draconian

dra·co·ni·an
adjective, often capitalized \drā-ˈkō-nē-ən, drə-\

1: of, relating to, or characteristic of Draco or the severe code of laws held to have been framed by him
2: cruel; also : severe

It usually has a connotation of overly harsh or severe to it, more so than is strictly necessary. Usually seen in phrases such as 'draconian measures', 'draconian rules', 'draconian laws'.

Examples

The editorial criticizes the draconian measures being taken to control the spread of the disease.

Etymology
Latin Dracon-, Draco, from Greek Drakōn Draco (Athenian lawgiver)

First Known Use: 1775


Draco (/ˈdreɪkoʊ/; Greek: Δράκων, Drakōn) (circa 7th century BC) was the first legislator of Athens in Ancient Greece. He replaced the prevailing system of oral law and blood feud by a written code to be enforced only by a court. Known for its harshness, draconian has come to refer to similarly unforgiving rules or laws.

You can read further here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draco_lawgiver
Tags: adjective, d, greek, latin, wordsmith: med_cat
Subscribe

  • Friday Phrase: Zombie Nouns

    Technically, zombie nouns are nominalizations. Nominalization happens when words are converted into lengthier versions of themselves that sometimes…

  • Tuesday word: Zealous

    November 17, 2020 Zealous (adjective) zeal·ous [zel-uhs] adjective 1. ardently active, devoted, or diligent; full of, characterized by, or due…

  • Sunday Word: Zaftig

    zaftig [ zahf-tig, -tik] adjective: (informal North American) having a full rounded figure : pleasingly plump Examples: The postmistress was a…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments