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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

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. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro:

    There are big private consumers, some malls, whom we gave five years to get their generators, and they don't have them ... and they are earning plenty of money, the time has come to take a drastic rationing measure against a group of about 15 malls who did not obey the law and are consuming without conscience at a critical moment due to the 'El Nino' phenomenon.

  2. Jinan Banna:

    To achieve weight loss as a New Year's resolution, consistency and making small changes are key, for example, if you're shooting to lose weight and decide to go vegetarian to help yourself get there, you'll want to consider if this is going to be a drastic change for you. If you currently eat a lot of meat, you may want to think about setting a different short-term goal, like making a couple of meals per week vegetarian, rather than doing too much all at once.

  3. John Cavadini:

    He doesn’t thereby canonize or dogmatize a scientific theory, which by its very nature is subject to falsification and revision, but it is within the pope’s competence and authority to call attention to our moral responsibilities and duties in the face of the best scientific theory out there, especially when the consequences of not doing so are serious or even drastic, and where silence could be interpreted as scandalous.

  4. Gohar Rasool:

    Energy stocks dominated market sentiment, similar to the previous day, due to expectations of a drastic decline in production amongst non-OPEC members.

  5. Chiara Sainaghi:

    We're seeing a drastic fall in calls by women because they have less freedom in this situation of forced confinement.

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    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    • A. ditch
    • B. abandon
    • C. tingle
    • D. nitrile

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