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Meaning of CATASTROPHE

Pronunciation:  ku'tastrufee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
  2. [n]  a sudden violent change in the earth's surface
  3. [n]  a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune; "lack of funds has resulted in a catastrophe for our school system"; "his policies were a disaster"
 

CATASTROPHE is a 11 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: calamity, cataclysm, cataclysm, disaster, disaster, tragedy
 
 See Also: act of God, adversity, apocalypse, bad luck, force majeure, geological phenomenon, hardship, inevitable accident, kiss of death, misfortune, plague, unavoidable casualty, vis major, visitation

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ca*tas"tro*phe\, n. [L. catastropha, Gr. ?, fr. ?
to turn up and down, to overturn; kata` down + ? to turn.]
1. An event producing a subversion of the order or system of
   things; a final event, usually of a calamitous or
   disastrous nature; hence, sudden calamity; great
   misfortune.

         The strange catastrophe of affairs now at London.
                                               --Bp. Burnet.

         The most horrible and portentous catastrophe that
         nature ever yet saw.                  --Woodward.

2. The final event in a romance or a dramatic piece; a
   denouement, as a death in a tragedy, or a marriage in a
   comedy.

3. (Geol.) A violent and widely extended change in the
   surface of the earth, as, an elevation or subsidence of
   some part of it, effected by internal causes. --Whewell.

 
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