Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(of laws or their application) excessively harsh and severe.‘the Nazis destroyed the independence of the press by a series of draconian laws’
harsh, severe, strict, extreme, drastic, stringent, tough, swingeing, cruel, brutal, oppressive, ruthless, relentless, summary, punitive, authoritarian, despotic, tyrannical, arbitrary, repressive, iron-fistedView synonyms
- ‘No amount of naval ships or coastguards or draconian laws will stop it happening.’
- ‘I believe that draconian laws are always wrong and the best society is one with the least legislation.’
- ‘In this way such Treaty Articles are prevented from becoming too harsh or draconian in their application.’
- ‘There was worrying talk about it not being possible to repeal the draconian anti-trade union laws.’
- ‘There was a time when I would have argued that our libel laws were draconian and should be amended.’
- ‘The penalty imposed by law is not draconian, and serves more as a reminder to perform a common sense action.’
- ‘Imposing draconian laws that restrict civil liberties will not prevent terrorist attacks.’
- ‘He has supported open prisons and opposed unnecessarily draconian anti-terrorism laws.’
- ‘This draconian legislation included provision for flogging, curfew, and internment.’
- ‘They have called it the most dangerous and draconian legislation ever proposed.’
- ‘It's about time we sorted a sensible compromise and not a draconian law.’
- ‘This awful, draconian law has not been used to safeguard copyright, however.’
- ‘It is madness to suggest the draconian speeding laws we have should apply here.’
- ‘New laws are being passed, draconian laws that destroy lives and syphon happiness.’
- ‘Mr Banks said that the legislation was draconian in its approach.’
- ‘As we look through this part, the question we need to ask is whether it is draconian legislation.’
- ‘No matter how draconian the laws become, Europe is not capable of shutting its borders.’
- ‘Of course, it won't sell over here because we have some of the most draconian censorship laws in the world.’
- ‘Had we been caught, we could have faced two years in jail under draconian new media laws.’
- ‘These hard facts indicate real motives behind enactment of this draconian law.’
Late 19th century: from the name of Draco (see Draco) + -ian.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.