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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cataclysmic - severely destructive; "cataclysmic nuclear war"; "a cataclysmic earthquake"
destructive - causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"
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cataclysmic

adjective disastrous, devastating, catastrophic, calamitous Few had expected the change to be as cataclysmic as it was.
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cataclysmic

adjective
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Translations
كارِثي
katastrofický
katastrofal
kataklizmaszerû
stórslysalegur, stórkostlega skaîvænn
cataclystisch
kataklizmatický
mahvedicitahripkâr

cataclysmic

[ˌkætəˈklɪzmɪk] ADJde cataclismo
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cataclysmic

[ˌkætəˈklɪzmɪk] adj [event, change] → cataclysmique
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

cataclysmic

adjverheerend; (fig)umwälzend
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cataclysmic

[ˌkætəˈklɪzmɪk] adj (liter) → catastrofico/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

cataclysm

(ˈkӕtəklizəm) noun
a violent disaster or upheaval; disaster.
ˌcataˈclysmic adjective
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The series climaxes when the river is unchained and two forces of destruction, the Goddess's Great Fire and the flooding Thames, cataclysmically meet.
A cataclysmically weak prime minister and a stream of generic and dull ministers who have treated their responsibilities with a disturbing indifference have come to characterize a rudderless party; just about governing but not quite leading.
If you imagine the same sort of techniques that have made social media into such a tool for cynical disruption of life everywhere applied to virtual reality, it would be cataclysmically horrible.
McLEISH secured a play-off place which puts something in the bank but there are some results and performances so cataclysmically awful a change is needed.
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Those stars whose late-life cores weigh between roughly 1.4 and 3 times the Sun's mass will, at some sudden moment, cataclysmically explode in a supernova and wind up as neutron stars.
Then to add insult to injury because they could not get Frankel's rating above Dancing Brave on the racetrack they awarded him an extra 3lb for a performance in a race in which no-one knows which horses, if any, ran to their ratings and which cataclysmically fell apart.
MSMEs fail at high rates and when they do fail, tend to fail cataclysmically, (162) but there is no dedicated insolvency regime for these small entities.
The latest church-published literature continues to affirm belief in a personal, premillennial return of Jesus Christ to dramatically, even cataclysmically, cleanse the earth of wickedness and inaugurate a literal thousand years of peace and harmony.
First, the current credit-driven system will come to an end either gradually or cataclysmically. It simply is not sustainable.
Collision of two galaxies - each made up of billions of stars - is a cataclysmically violent event.