What Does Draconian Mean?

You hear it all the time and you know what it means… at least you think you do. But are you confident enough to use the word yourself? When I hear a word like Draconian, I know what it means but only because I’ve heard the word in context. So I look words like this up in the dictionary because I want to know what it really means so that I can include it into my vocabulary and especially into my novel writing.

Draconian means barbarously severe, harsh or cruel, not to be confused with draconic which refers to dragon-like. (That’s assuming dragons are nice.) The word Draconian refers to an ancient Greek ruler named Draco. In 621 B.C.E. Draco implemented a strict code of laws. I guess Draco was terribly cruel and over two-and-a-half thousand years later he is still remembered.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)


The Guild (Book 2)


The Last Quadroon (Book 3)


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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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