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Definition of Catastrophe

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disaster, calamity, cataclysm; fiasco, total failure
Catastrophe Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The final event in a romance or a dramatic piece; a denouement, as a death in a tragedy, or a marriage in a comedy.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
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.
  
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catastrophe
\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. burnet. the most horrible and portentous catastrophe that nature ever yet saw.
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.
catastrophe
n
1. an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster" [syn: calamity, disaster, tragedy, cataclysm]


2. 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" [syn: disaster]


3. a sudden violent change in the earth's surface [syn: cataclysm]



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Any great and sudden misfortune or calamity.
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WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
(synonym) calamity, disaster, tragedy, cataclysm
(hypernym) misfortune, bad luck
(hyponym) act of God, force majeure, vis major, inevitable accident, unavoidable casualty
2. 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"
(synonym) disaster
(hypernym) adversity, hardship, hard knocks
3. a sudden violent change in the earth's surface
(synonym) cataclysm
(hypernym) geological phenomenon
(hyponym) nuclear winter
Catastrophe Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
A catastrophe is an extremely large-scale disaster, a horrible event.

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Catastrophe Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
English - Klingon
n. lot