Draconic

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Draconic Relating to Draco, the Athenian lawgiver; or to the constellation Draco; or to dragon's blood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • draconic Of or pertaining to Draco, archon of Athens in or about 621 b. c., and one of the founders of the enlightened Attic polity; or resembling in severity the code of laws said to have been established by him, in which he prescribed the penalty of death for nearly all crimes -for smaller crimes because they merited it, and for greater because he knew of no penalty more severe.
    • draconic Hence Rigorous: applied to any extremely severe, harsh, or oppressive laws.
    • draconic Relating to the constellation Draco.
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Usage

In literature:

And he formed in his head Draconic laws which he would fain have executed upon men who lost money at play and did not pay.
"The Way We Live Now" by Anthony Trollope
His laws were Draconic in their severity.
"McClure's Magazine, March, 1896, Vol. VI., No. 4." by Various
His code is somewhat Draconic, and he is rather determined in his ways.
"Winston of the Prairie" by Harold Bindloss
But it does not strike Sally as rising to the height of her Draconic summary.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Some may object that the myth may have brought about the conception of the draconic constellations.
"The Astronomy of the Bible" by E. Walter Maunder
Mrs. Burr made her attitude easier to herself by affecting a Draconic demeanour.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
It had an imposing effect even upon the enemy by its Draconic paragraphs.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. II." by Gustav Freytag
By the terrible Draconic laws of Jamaica, the nine boatmen from Port Negril were also hung by their side.
"The Monarchs of the Main, Volume III (of 3)" by Walter Thornbury
The Draconic laws of the country punish this offence with hanging.
"Albania" by E. F. Knight
His code is somewhat draconic.
"The Impostor" by Harold Bindloss
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In poetry:

Now mark how, by Draconic rule
And HAUTEUR ill-advised,
The noblest crew upon the Blue
May be demoralized.
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert