Origin of drastic
Examples from the Web for drastic
Park employees helped John quit tobacco by way of a butts-proof glass enclosure, a drastic change in diet, and regular exercise.Zebra Finches, Dolphins, Elephants, and More Animals Under the Influence|Bill Schulz|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On a local level, pipeline leaks and spills could have a number of drastic effects.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL|Jack Holmes|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As alarming as parents might find those results, Dr. Temple cautions against jumping to any drastic conclusions.
This drastic population decline was mainly caused by the introduction of European diseases.
The doc fix is an attempt to prevent doctors who take Medicare patients from having to take a drastic pay cut.
The reduced manpower ceilings imposed on the Navy, even during the Korean War, had caused a drastic curtailment in recruiting.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965|Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.
The morning after her drastic interview with Mrs. Williams, Selma studied herself searchingly in her mirror.Unleavened Bread|Robert Grant
Resistance will compel the operators to be drastic, when they would rather go slowly and surely.The Religious Persecution in France 1900-1906|Jane Milliken Napier Brodhead
It occurred to me that it might be quite a drastic form of demonstration.The Diva's Ruby|F. Marion Crawford
No demand should be laid upon the mate that requires a drastic change of personality.
British Dictionary definitions for drastic
Word Origin for drastic
Word Origin and History for drastic
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.