adjective enforcing conformity without regard to natural variation or individuality.
C19: from the name Procrustes, a robber in Greek mythology who fitted victims to a bed by stretching or cutting off parts of them, + -an.

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  • Procrustean — Pro*crus te*an, a. Of or pertaining to Procrustes, or the mode of torture practiced by him; producing conformity by violent means; as, the Procrustean treatment; a Procrustean limit. See {Procrustes}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Procrustean — 1846 in figurative sense of aiming to produce conformity by arbitrary means, from Procrustes, mythical robber of Attica who seized travelers, tied them to his bed, and either stretched their limbs or lopped of their legs to make them fit it. The… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Procrustean — [prō krus′tē ən] adj. 1. of or like Procrustes or his actions 2. designed or acting to secure conformity at any cost; drastic or ruthless …   English World dictionary

  • procrustean — adjective Usage: often capitalized Date: 1832 1. of, relating to, or typical of Procrustes 2. marked by arbitrary often ruthless disregard of individual differences or special circumstances …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Procrustean — /proh krus tee euhn/, adj. 1. pertaining to or suggestive of Procrustes. 2. (often l.c.) tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means. [1840 50; PROCRUSTE(S) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • procrustean — adjective a) Producing or designed to produce strict conformity by ruthless or arbitrary means. b) Marked by arbitrary often ruthless disregard of individual differences or special circumstances …   Wiktionary

  • procrustean — Synonyms and related words: dour, firm, fundamentalist, hard, hidebound, impliable, inexorable, inflexible, iron, ironbound, ironclad, ironhanded, muscle bound, obdurate, obstinate, orthodox, purist, puristic, puritan, puritanic, relentless,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Procrustean —  Producing or striving to produce absolute conformity, usually through severe or absolute means; from Procrustes, a mythological Greek robber who made his victims fit a bed by stretching them or cutting off their limbs …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Procrustean — Pro·crus·te·an || prəʊ krÊŒstɪən adj. of Procrustes, pertaining to Procrustes (Classical Mythology); of or pertaining to the demand for adherence to a prototype, heartless in disregard for differing circumstances or opinions …   English contemporary dictionary

  • procrustean — pro·crus·te·an …   English syllables

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