drastic vs dramatic : Common Errors in English

About drastic vs dramatic

“Drastic” means “severe” and generally has negative or frightening associations. Drastic measures arenot just extreme, they are likely to have harmful side-effects. Don’tuse this word or “drastically” in a positive or neutral sense. A drasticrise in temperature should be seen as downright dangerous, not justsurprisingly large. Often when peopleuse phrases like “drastic improvement,” they mean “dramatic”instead.

drastic Meaning(s)

  • (s) forceful and extreme and rigorous

dramatic Meaning(s)

  • (a) suitable to or characteristic of drama
  • (s) sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
  • (a) pertaining to or characteristic of drama
  • (a) used of a singer or singing voice that is marked by power and expressiveness and a histrionic or theatrical style

drastic in News

  1. Iran oilfields could spring back from Western sanctions

    By Peg Mackey LONDON (Reuters) - Iran's oilfields will be able to bounce back within months from drastic production cuts if Western sanctions are lifted although a full recovery would take over a year and require hefty investment, oil industry experts say. Once ranked No. 2 in OPEC behind Saudi Arabia, Iran's production has plunged by 1 million barrels per day to 2.6 million bpd as harsh ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Report: Fish in ‘drastic decline’ at Puako, Pauoa

    A recent Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources study of reef fish at Puako and Pauoa shows a “drastic decline” in the populations of both bays, a marine biologist says. The study may focus on those two South Kohala bays, but William Walsh, a biologist with the department’s Division of Aquatic Resources, said it is consistent with data from studies in other areas along the West Hawaii ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: West Hawaii Today

  3. SNAP to see deep cuts this November

    Come November, drastic budget cuts proposed for the government’s only food assistance and nutrition education program, SNAP, could plunge two million American working poor and fixed-income elderly int
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Eloy Enterprise

dramatic in News


    Penobscot Theatre Company’s Education Department is pleased to announce its Dramatic Academy Summer Scholarship Recipients. The PTC Education Department works with our Parent Council to fundraise for our Summer Scholarship program.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Bangor Daily News

  2. Dramatic river rescue in '84 led to swift water rescue training

    Despite the warnings to stay out of flooded roadways, trained rescuers pluck people from the rushing water every year.  One dramatic rescue 30 years ago on the Canada del Oro Wash in Oro Valley led to
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KOLD News 13 Tuscon

  3. Dramatic rescue caught on camera

    A dramatic river rescue was caught on camera Sunday morning in Rhode Island's smallest city.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: FOX Providence

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