Part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to Procrustes, a legendary Greek robber who was said to stretch or cut off the limbs of his captives as necessary to fit a certain bed.

Part of speech: adjective

Ruthlessly exacting conformity.

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Usage examples "procrustean":

  1. In order to draw out the torso and tail of a story through Procrustean lengths of advertising pages, some editors place, or seem to place, a premium upon length. - "O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921", Various.
  2. Young limbs will not always adjust themselves to the Procrustean bed. - "Doctor Luttrell's First Patient", Rosa Nouchette Carey.