- acting with force or violence; violent.
- extremely severe or extensive: a drastic tax-reduction measure.
Origin of drastic
Examples from the Web for drastically
Journalists are leaving Kabul, embassies are downsizing, and donors are quietly and drastically scaling back.The West Made Lots of Promises to Afghan Girls, Now It’s Breaking Them
October 20, 2014
Similarly, the results of this study should not drastically increase your intake of Indian food.Fish Oil, Turmeric, and Ginseng, Oh My! Are ‘Brain Foods’ B.S.?
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
October 10, 2014
“The making of couture clothes is changing so drastically that I feel like I am preserving its history,” she says.Tatiana Sorokko Is the Queen of Vintage Couture
October 8, 2014
Servers and restaurant owners occasionally shame those who drastically under-tip.Online Shaming Gives Creeps the Spotlight They Deserve
September 23, 2014
But there are drastically fewer forces left in Europe available to be called upon in such an event.The Pentagon Isn’t Ready for a New Cold War
March 20, 2014
Cicely interfered with death as drastically as she interfered with everything else.The Second Fiddle
Mechanization most drastically altered life on the family farm.Frying Pan Farm
Elizabeth Brown Pryor
Why was I, so drastically different from them, chosen as a guard?Man of Many Minds
E. Everett Evans
He wanted to terrify Aileen if he could—to reform her drastically.The Financier
And physically, the human race altered just as drastically in an equally short span of time.This Crowded Earth
- extreme or forceful; severe
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.