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draconian

very severe and painful

TRANSLATION

drakonisch, äußerst streng

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IN THE PRESS

"The second round of cuts during the company's 'right-sizing' was
more draconian than the first."

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This word comes from Greek drakon "dragon" which was also the family
name of Draco, archon of Athens in 621 B.C., who was known for his
exceptionally harsh and severe laws.

Bram Stoker, probably used draconian to derive the name "Dracula" for
his king of the vampires in his novel of the same name. True or not,
it's a good way to remember the meaning of this interesting word.

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