Defining Draconian Down
The S.F. Chron. shows poor judgment when it includes this in a straight news article:
But the rush to Israel has many Muslim groups concerned that U.S. law enforcement agents will begin using draconian measures, including religious and ethnic profiling.Draconian is defined by Dictionary.com to mean:
Exceedingly harsh; very severeEthnic profiling might not be pleasant, but how is it "exceedingly harsh" or "very severe"? Using perjorative words like that to describe American and Israeli law enforcement measures is fine--on the editorial page. Not in the news pages. It would be nice if the Chron would separate the two.
From Thesaurus.com, here is the complete list of synonyms for "Draconian":
That's what I mean by "perjorative." The word has intensely negative connotations.