Procrustean (Prō-KRŬS-tē-ən)


Definition (Adjective) Of, relating to, or resembling the practices of Procrustes; (hence) enforcing uniformity or conformity without regard to natural variation or individuality. In Context “What socialists invariably want, however much the more squeamish among them may fudge or hedge, is the Procrustean ideal of using state power to squeeze everyone into the same mold, or to chop and stretch everyone to size on the same bed.” Peter Phillips Simpson, Vices, Virtues, and Consequences: Essays in Moral and Political Philosophy, 2001. This word was suggested by Peggy Moorhead Seas in the Office of Development.