Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or suggestive of a dragon.
  • adjective Draconian.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • Hence Rigorous: applied to any extremely severe, harsh, or oppressive laws.
  • Relating to the constellation Draco.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Relating to Draco, the Athenian lawgiver; or to the constellation Draco; or to dragon's blood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Related to or suggestive of dragons.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin dracō, dracōn-, dragon; see dragon.]

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from Latin draco, dragon

Examples

  • It criticised the "draconic" increases of excise duties, especially on wine, beer and tobacco, adding the increases would lead to a rise in smuggling and black market activities.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In a separate statement the Conservative Party also supported any farmer action resisting the "draconic" Bill.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Perhaps the silver lining of the Ubisoft DRM fiasco will be gamers gaining a sense of perspective when it comes to less "draconic" DRM (I've never heard that term used for anything but DRM.

    Joystiq

  • Within it, flashes of light illumined two draconic figures locked in a death match.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • Within it, flashes of light illumined two draconic figures locked in a death match.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • Within it, flashes of light illumined two draconic figures locked in a death match.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • Book imp (buffs arcana and history, also give resist fire), Dragonling (encounter: would allow him to use a blast attack via the dragonling, would buff surges, and allow him to speak draconic),

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  • Within it, flashes of light illumined two draconic figures locked in a death match.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • "I can't help it," Snuffles the Dragon said with a fierce gaze in his draconic eyes.

    Phat Tuesday!

  • Here's an image of our latest draconic acquisition.

    The Latest Acquisition

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  • See also draconian

    December 17, 2006