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.
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