English edit

Etymology edit

drastic +‎ -ally.

Adverb edit

drastically (comparative more drastically, superlative most drastically)

  1. To a drastic degree.
    This recession has been drastically different.
    drastically reduced prices
    • 1943 November – 1944 February (date written; published 1945 August 17), George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], Animal Farm [], London: Secker & Warburg, published May 1962, →OCLC:
      The corn ration was drastically reduced, and it was announced that an extra potato ration would be issued to make up for it.
    • 2023 December 27, David Turner, “Silent lines...”, in RAIL, number 999, page 30:
      On Christmas Day itself there will be no trains, for recent experience has shown that few wish to travel then, even on services which had been drastically reduced: earlier closing of shops and offices on Christmas Eve is the chief reason for this change in the pattern of travel.
  2. In a drastic manner.
    Lisa always wore shorts and a T-shirt, which clashed drastically with her brother's thick winter coat.
    • 1920, America, volume 22, page 255:
      It explains why a Democratic Congress foisted Prohibition on the country and a Republican Congress drastically legislated to enforce it, when ordinarily the two parties are only too anxious for any political stick to beat each other with.
    • 1928, The Atlantic Monthly, volume 141, page 558:
      Seldom have democratic principles been so drastically enacted into law.
    • 1933, The China Critic, volume 6, page 428:
      A uniform marriage and divorce law must be drastically enacted by the Central Government and rigidly administrated by the higher courts.

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