Monday, October 5, 2015

Procrustean

In Greek mythology, Procrustes (Προκρούστης) or "the stretcher [who hammers out the metal]", also known as Prokoptas or Damastes (Δαμαστής) "subduer", was a rogue smith and bandit from Attica who physically attacked people by stretching them or cutting off their legs, so as to force them to fit the size of an iron bed. In general, when something is Procrustean, different lengths or sizes or properties are fitted to an arbitrary standard.

File:Theseus Prokroustes Staatliche Antikensammlungen 2325.jpg

Enforcing strict conformity through disregard of individual differences or special circumstances. [from 17th c.] 

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