Draconian

Use the word Draconian (or lowercase draconian) to describe laws or rules that are really harsh and repressive.

In ancient Athens, Draco was a guy who made some seriously strict laws. So rules that are too restrictive — or just plain unfair — are called Draconian. Sentencing someone to 10 years in prison for littering would be Draconian. Some people think Singapore's chewing gum ban is Draconian. This is a strong word, so if your parents make you do chores, they aren't being Draconian. But if they make you do chores for five hours every day, that's another story.

Definitions of Draconian
  1. adjective
    of or relating to Draco or his harsh code of laws
    Draconian measures”
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