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- noun A law, policy, or practice that provides for the imposition of severe penalties for a proscribed offense or behavior without making exceptions for extenuating circumstances.
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- noun The
strict policyof enforcingall the lawsof a state, or the rulesof an institution, and allowingno tolerationor compromisefor first-time offenders or petty violations
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- noun extreme intolerance of antisocial behavior (usually by an uncompromising application of the law)
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