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[dras-tik] /ˈdræs tɪk/
acting with force or violence; violent.
extremely severe or extensive:
a drastic tax-reduction measure.
Origin of drastic
1685-95; < Greek drastikós active, equivalent to drast(ós) (verbal adjective of drân to do) + -ikos -ic
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drastically, adverb Unabridged
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  • In accordance with the drastically conclusive methods of the age, the number of prisoners was small by comparison.

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  • Mechanization most drastically altered life on the family farm.

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  • Supposing Aunt M'riar was to go up and collar Dave and fetch him down, drastically!

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  • He wanted to terrify Aileen if he could—to reform her drastically.

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  • Probability gets so drastically changed that the violent thing you're trying to do becomes something that can't happen.

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British Dictionary definitions for drastically


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 drastically



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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