Definition of catastrophy
1. catastrophe [ n ] an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
Examples: "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity" "the earthquake was a disaster"
(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)
He is confronted with the recurrent crises , such_as great natural catastrophes and the great transitions of life - marriage , incurable disease , widowhood , old_age , the certainty of death .
(Francis Pollini, Night....)
He was trembling , a strange feeling upon him , fully expecting some catastrophe to strike him dead on_the_spot .
(Frieda Arkin, "The Light of the Sea," in The...)
There 's no greater catastrophe in the universe , she reflected dourly , impaling tender green_beans on the silver fork , than the dwindling_away of a family .Synonyms tragedy disaster calamity catastrophe cataclysm Related Terms misfortune kiss_of_death visitation plague famine meltdown apocalypse act_of_God
2. catastrophe [ n ] a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune
Examples: "lack of funds has resulted in a catastrophe for our school system" "his policies were a disaster"
(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)
Finally , the theatrical ( and perversely erotic ) notions of dressing_up , cosmetics , disguise , and especially change of costume ( or singularity of costume , as with Cipolla ) , are characteristically associated with the catastrophes of Mann 's stories .Synonyms disaster catastrophe Related Terms adversity
3. catastrophe [ n ] a sudden violent change in the earth's surfaceSynonyms cataclysm catastrophe Related Terms geological_phenomenon nuclear_winter
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