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

Nearby words

  1. draper, john william,
  2. draper, ruth,
  3. drapery,
  4. drapes,
  5. drappie,
  6. drat,
  7. dratted,
  8. drau,
  9. draught,
  10. draughtboard

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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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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