Origin of drasticClassical Greek drastikos, active from dran, to do: see drama
When you have very long hair and you suddenly shave your head, this is an example of a change that would be described as drastic.
- Extreme in effect; severe or radical: the drastic measure of amputating the entire leg; drastic social change brought about by the French Revolution.
- Acting rapidly or violently: a drastic emetic.
Origin of drasticGreek drastikos active from drastos to be done from drān to do
(comparative more drastic, superlative most drastic)
Ancient Greek δραστικός (drastikos, “active, efficient”), from δρᾶσις (drasis, “strength, efficacy”), itself from δράω (drao, “to do”)
- In the end, she made a drastic over-calculation and lost the ground battle.
- The main objects of these drastic alterations have been thought to have been two-fold.
- Drastic measures were necessary to limit expenditure and to provide new sources of revenue.
- Well, that would be a little drastic, but it wouldn't hurt us to use some alternate methods to pest control.
- This was accompanied in Europe by a drastic weeding out of Miocene types, ultimately leaving the flora pretty much as it now exists.