Drastic and Dramatic

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Drastic and Dramatic :

“Drastic" means “severe" and generally has negative or frightening associations.

Drastic measures are not just extreme, they are likely to have harmful side-effects.

Don’t use this word or “drastically" in a positive or neutral sense.

A drastic rise in temperature should be seen as downright dangerous, not just surprisingly large.

Often when people use phrases like “drastic improvement," they mean “dramatic" instead.

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