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  1. acting with force or violence; violent.
  2. extremely severe or extensive: a drastic tax-reduction measure.
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Origin of drastic

1685–95; < Greek drastikós active, equivalent to drast(ós) (verbal adjective of drân to do) + -ikos -ic
Related formsdras·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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  1. extreme or forceful; severe
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Derived Formsdrastically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Greek drastikos, from dran to do, act
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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.

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