What does drastic mean?

Definitions for drasticˈdræs tɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word drastic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drastic(adj)

    forceful and extreme and rigorous

    "drastic measures"


  1. drastic(Adjective)

    Extreme, severe.

    If our third attempt fails, we may need drastic ideas.

  2. drastic(Adjective)

    Acting rapidly or violently.

  3. drastic(Adjective)

    Extremely severe or extensive.

  4. Origin: δραστικός, from δρᾶσις, itself from δράω

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drastic(adj)

    acting rapidly and violently; efficacious; powerful; -- opposed to bland; as, drastic purgatives

  2. Drastic(noun)

    a violent purgative. See Cathartic

  3. Origin: [Gr. , fr. to do, act: cf. F. drastique. See Drama.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drastic

    dras′tik, adj. active, powerful.—n. a medicine that purges quickly or thoroughly.—adv. Dras′tically. [Gr. drastikosdraein, to act, to do.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drastic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drastic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel:

    Good drama must be drastic.

  2. Joanne Cohoon:

    The need (for women) is drastic.

  3. Jaimie Fuller:

    The drastic nature of this call stresses the extreme problems faced by FIFA.

  4. Robert Kinsler:

    This is a drastic change to a long-standing policy, play space is vital to the city.

  5. Jimmy Morales:

    We will be drastic toward those who in blind madness dare to steal the public's money.

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