3 Jul 2011

Decyphering "Face the Nation" use of "Draconian cuts".

Word Origin & History

1876 (earlier Draconic,  1680), from Draco,  Greek statesman who laid down a code of laws for Athens around 621 B.C.E. that mandated death as punishment for minor crimes. His name seems to mean (literally) "sharp-sighted" (see dragon).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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American Psychological Association (APA):

draconian. (n.d.). Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved July 03, 2011, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/draconian

Chicago Manual Style (CMS):

draconian. Dictionary.com. Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/draconian (accessed: July 03, 2011).

Modern Language Association (MLA):

"draconian." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 03 Jul. 2011. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/draconian>.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):

Dictionary.com, "draconian," in Online Etymology Dictionary. Source location: Douglas Harper, Historian. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/draconian. Available: http://dictionary.reference.com. Accessed: July 03, 2011.

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  • (UK) IPA: /drəˈkəʊ.ni.ən/, /drækˈəʊ.ni.ən/, SAMPA: /dr@"k@U.ni.@n/, /dr{k"@U.ni.@n/
  • (US) enPR: drə-kō'ni-ən, IPA: /drəˈkoʊ.ni.ən/, SAMPA: /dr@"koU.ni.@n/
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  • Rhymes: -əʊniən

Etymology 1

From the Athenian lawmaker Draco, known for making harsh laws.


draconian (comparative more draconian, superlative most draconian)
  1. Very severe, oppressive or strict.
    The despot chose a draconian punishment.
    The Nazi regime was draconian.
    The mayor announced draconian budget cuts today.


Etymology 2

From Latin draco (dragon)


draconian (comparative more draconian, superlative most draconian)
  1. (obsolete, except in fiction) Of or resembling a dragon  [quotations ▼]


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