drastic vs dramatic :

drastic or 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.

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Definitions

  • s  forceful and extreme and rigorous
    drastic measures

  • a  suitable to or characteristic of drama
    a dramatic entrance in a swirling cape
    a dramatic rescue at sea
  • s  sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
    a dramatic sunset
    a dramatic pause
  • a  pertaining to or characteristic of drama
    dramatic arts
  • a  used of a singer or singing voice that is marked by power and expressiveness and a histrionic or theatrical style
    a dramatic tenor
    a dramatic soprano
News & Articles

  • 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 ...
    June 13, 2013 - West Hawaii Today
  • 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 ...
    June 13, 2013 - Reuters via Yahoo! News
  • 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
    June 13, 2013 - The Eloy Enterprise

  • US Open Golf 2013 Standings: Day 4 Highlights, Winner and Twitter Reaction
    In what wound up being a dramatic four-man chase to the finish, Justin Rose won the 2013 U.S. Open by shooting an even-par 70 Sunday to finish plus-one overall, with an aggregate score of 281 over Merion Golf Club's grueling 72-hole test. It was the 32-year-old's maiden major triumph, as he beat 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson and Jason Day by two strokes. CBS Sports' Kyle Porter captured the key ...
    June 17, 2013 - Bleacher Report
  • PTC DRAMATIC ACADEMY SUMMER ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
    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.
    June 13, 2013 - Bangor Daily News
  • PTC DRAMATIC ACADEMY SUMMER ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
    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.
    June 13, 2013 - Bangor Daily News