Procrustean meaning

prō-krŭs'tē-ən
Producing or designed to produce strict conformity by ruthless or arbitrary means.
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Of or like Procrustes or his actions.
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Designed or acting to secure conformity at any cost; drastic or ruthless.
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Enforcing strict conformity through disregard of individual differences or special circumstances. [from 17th c.]
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Origin of procrustean

  • After Procrustes , a mythical Greek giant who stretched or shortened captives to make them fit his beds from Latin Procrustēs from Greek Prokroustēs from prokrouein hammer out, to stretch out pro- forth pro–2 krouein to beat
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Procrustes +"Ž -an.
    From Wiktionary