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ˈdræs tɪkdras·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drasticadjective

    forceful and extreme and rigorous

    "drastic measures"


  1. drasticadjective

    Extreme, severe.

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

  2. drasticadjective

    Acting rapidly or violently.

  3. drasticadjective

    Extremely severe or extensive.

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



    DRASTIC (Decentralized Radical Autonomous Search Team Investigating COVID-19) is a loose collection of internet activists assembled to investigate the origins of COVID-19, in particular the lab leak theory. Composed of about 30 core members, and primarily organized through the social media website Twitter, DRASTIC was formed in February 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. DRASTIC members called for a "full and unrestricted investigation" into the origins of COVID-19, conducted independently of the World Health Organization; most scientists thought that COVID-19 likely had a natural origin, and some considered that a potential lab leak was worth investigating.Many of DRASTIC's members use pseudonyms, while identified members have backgrounds including mycology, neuroscience, and data science. Members of DRASTIC have engaged in personal attacks against virologists and epidemiologists on Twitter, falsely accusing some of working for the Chinese Communist Party.


  1. drastic

    Drastic refers to actions or situations that are severe, radical, or intense in nature. It often implies a significant or extreme change from the usual or traditional.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drasticadjective

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

  2. Drasticnoun

    a violent purgative. See Cathartic

  3. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of drastic in a Sentence

  1. Javier Hidalgo:

    We've seen a drastic, drastic increase in the use of this technology, this is an expansion of how DHS is defining detention.

  2. Hiroki Totoki:

    The mobile and TV businesses both require a drastic overhaul, without drastic reforms such as joint ventures or alliances, they will both be in the red three years from now.

  3. Zara Patel:

    This can (and often does) lead to deep depression and a drastic reduction in quality of life.

  4. Eric Hoffer:

    In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

  5. Christine Lee:

    Drastic times call for drastic measures so that is why we're here today.

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    (law) the act of substituting of one creditor for another
    • A. subrogation
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