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
Related formsdras·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of drastically

Historical Examples of drastically

  • Cicely interfered with death as drastically as she interfered with everything else.

    The Second Fiddle

    Phyllis Bottome

  • 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

    Theodore Dreiser

  • And physically, the human race altered just as drastically in an equally short span of time.

    This Crowded Earth

    Robert Bloch

British Dictionary definitions for drastically



extreme or forceful; severe
Derived Formsdrastically, adverb

Word Origin for drastic

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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