Producing or designed to produce strict conformity by ruthless or arbitrary means.
Of or like Procrustes or his actions.
Designed or acting to secure conformity at any cost; drastic or ruthless.
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.