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procrustean bed


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n procrustean bed a standard that is enforced uniformly without regard to individuality
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In literature:

The Procrustean bed of the Pentateuch was still before her.
"History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science" by John William Draper
Young limbs will not always adjust themselves to the Procrustean bed.
"Doctor Luttrell's First Patient" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
It was a Procrustean bed which rarely fitted its subject.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
Our little Procrustean beds are merely furniture that tortures.
"From the Easy Chair, series 2" by George William Curtis
It forced violin playing into a Procrustean bed unsuited to its true nature and mission.
"Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work" by Stephen Samuel Stratton
Now, a good master will treat each voice on its own merit, and not place it at first on the Procrustean bed of a book of rules and exercises.
"Advice to Singers" by Frederick James Crowest