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drastic

[dras-tik] /ˈdræs tɪk/
adjective
1.
acting with force or violence; violent.
2.
extremely severe or extensive:
a drastic tax-reduction measure.
Origin of drastic
1685-1695
1685-95; < Greek drastikós active, equivalent to drast(ós) (verbal adjective of drân to do) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
drastically, adverb
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drastic

/ˈdræstɪk/
adjective
1.
extreme or forceful; severe
Derived Forms
drastically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Greek drastikos, from dran to do, act
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Word Origin and History for drastic
adj.

1690s, originally medical, "forceful, vigorous, especially in effect on bowels," from Greek drastikos "effective, efficacious; active, violent," from drasteon "(thing) to be done," from dran "to do, act, perform." Sense of "extreme, severe" is first recorded 1808. Related: Drastically.

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