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cat·a·clysm

 (kăt′ə-klĭz′əm)
n.
1. A violent upheaval that causes great destruction or brings about a fundamental change.
2. A violent and sudden change in the earth's crust.
3. A devastating flood.

[French cataclysme, from Latin cataclysmos, deluge, from Greek kataklusmos, from katakluzein, to inundate : kata-, intensive pref.; see cata- + kluzein, to wash away.]

cat′a·clys′mic (-klĭz′mĭk), cat′a·clys′mal (-klĭz′məl) adj.
cat′a·clys′mi·cal·ly adv.

cataclysm

(ˈkætəˌklɪzəm)
n
1. a violent upheaval, esp of a political, military, or social nature
2. (Physical Geography) a disastrous flood; deluge
3. (Geological Science) geology another name for catastrophe4
[C17: via French from Latin, from Greek kataklusmos deluge, from katakluzein to flood, from kluzein to wash]
ˌcataˈclysmic, ˌcataˈclysmal adj
ˌcataˈclysmically adv

cat•a•clysm

(ˈkæt əˌklɪz əm)

n.
1. any violent upheaval, esp. one of a social or political nature.
2. a sudden and violent physical action producing changes in the earth's surface.
3. an extensive flood; deluge.
[1625–35; < Late Latin cataclysmos (Vulgate) < Greek kataklysmós flood, n. derivative of kataklýzein to flood =kata- cata- + klýzein (of the sea) to wash over, surge]
cat`a•clys′mic, cat`a•clys′mal, adj.
cat`a•clys′mi•cal•ly, adv.
syn: See disaster.

cataclysm

any major disaster, as an earthquake, flood, etc. See also water. — cataclysmal, adj.
See also: Earthquakes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cataclysm - a sudden violent change in the earth's surface
geological phenomenon - a natural phenomenon involving the structure or composition of the earth
nuclear winter - a long period of darkness and extreme cold that scientists predict would follow a full-scale nuclear war; a layer of dust and smoke in the atmosphere would cover the earth and block the rays of the sun; most living organisms would perish
2.cataclysm - an event resulting in great loss and misfortunecataclysm - an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
misfortune, bad luck - unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
act of God, force majeure, inevitable accident, unavoidable casualty, vis major - a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events; "he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God"
apocalypse - a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil
famine - a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death
kiss of death - something that is ruinous; "if this were known it would be the kiss of death for my political career"
meltdown - a disaster comparable to a nuclear meltdown; "there is little likelihood of a meltdown comparable to the American banking collapse in March 1933"
plague - any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)
visitation - any disaster or catastrophe; "a visitation of the plague"
tidal wave - an unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide
tsunami - a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic eruption; "a colossal tsunami destroyed the Minoan civilization in minutes"

cataclysm

noun disaster, collapse, catastrophe, upheaval, debacle, devastation, calamity the cataclysm that was overwhelming Europe before the Second World War

cataclysm

noun
1. An occurrence inflicting widespread destruction and distress:
2. A momentous or sweeping change:
3. An abundant, usually overwhelming flow or fall, as of a river or rain:
Chiefly British: spate.
Translations
كارِثَه
katastrofapohromazkáza
katastrofeomvæltning
náttúruhamfarir
kataklizmaskatastrofiškas
kataklizma, stihiska nelaime
kataklizma
âfetfelâket

cataclysm

[ˈkætəklɪzəm] Ncataclismo m

cataclysm

[ˈkætəklɪzəm] ncataclysme m

cataclysm

nVerheerung f; (fig)Umwälzung f

cataclysm

[ˈkætəˌklɪzm] ncataclisma m

cataclysm

(ˈkӕtəklizəm) noun
a violent disaster or upheaval; disaster.
ˌcataˈclysmic adjective