adjective Etymology: Greek drastikos, from dran to do Date: circa 1691 1. acting rapidly or violently <
a drastic purgative
2. extreme in effect or action ; severe <
drastic measures
drastically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • drastic — DRÁSTIC, Ă, drastici, ce, adj. Foarte aspru, foarte energic; brutal, violent, vehement. ♦ (Despre remedii medicale) Cu efect puternic şi rapid. – Din fr. drastique. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  DRÁSTIC adj. 1. v. aspru. 2.… …   Dicționar Român

  • drastic — UK US /ˈdræstɪk/ adjective ► severe and sudden, or having very noticeable effects: »He is not under pressure from his own electorate to do anything drastic. »a drastic decline/drop/reduction in sth take drastic action/measures/steps »The company… …   Financial and business terms

  • Drastic — Dras tic, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to do, act: cf. F. drastique. See {Drama}.] (Med.) Acting rapidly and violently; efficacious; powerful; opposed to {bland}; as, drastic purgatives. n. (Med.) A violent purgative. See {Cathartic}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drastic — I adjective acting with force, desperate, dire, exceeding, excessive, extreme, fanatic, fanatical, forceful, harsh, immoderate, improper, inordinate, intemperate, intense, outrageous, powerful, radical, severe, strict, strong, undue, unmitigated …   Law dictionary

  • drastic — 1690s, originally medical, forceful, vigorous, especially in effect on bowels, from Gk. drastikos effective, efficacious; active, violent, from drasteon (thing) to be done, from dran to do, act, perform. Sense of extreme, severe is first recorded …   Etymology dictionary

  • drastic — [adj] severe, extreme desperate, dire, exorbitant, extravagant, forceful, harsh, immoderate, radical, strong; concepts 537,569 Ant. calm, collected, easy, mild …   New thesaurus

  • drastic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having a strong or far reaching effect. DERIVATIVES drastically adverb. ORIGIN Greek drastikos, from dran do …   English terms dictionary

  • drastic — [dras′tik] adj. [Gr drastikos, active < dran, to do: see DRAMA] acting with force; having a strong or violent effect; severe; harsh; extreme drastically adv …   English World dictionary

  • drastic — 01. We are going to have to make some [drastic] changes in this company if we want to keep from going bankrupt. 02. Henry s life changed [drastically] when he lost all his money on the stock market. 03. This company is in deep financial trouble,… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • drastic — [[t]dræ̱stɪk[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you have to take drastic action in order to solve a problem, you have to do something extreme and basic to solve it. Drastic measures are needed to clean up the profession... He s not going to do anything… …   English dictionary

  • drastic — dras|tic [ˈdræstık] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Greek; Origin: drastikos, from dran to do ] extreme and sudden drastic action/measures ▪ NATO threatened drastic action if its terms were not met. ▪ drastic cuts in government spending ▪ Drastic changes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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