HyperDic: cataclysm

English > 2 senses of the word cataclysm:
NOUNphenomenoncataclysm, catastrophea sudden violent change in the earth's surface
eventcataclysm, calamity, catastrophe, disaster, tragedyan event resulting in great loss and misfortune
cataclysm > pronunciation
Rhymesabolitionism ... zirconium: 557 rhymes with ahm...
English > cataclysm: 2 senses > noun 1, phenomenon
MeaningA sudden violent change in the earth's surface.
Narrowernuclear winterA long period of darkness and extreme / extreme cold that scientists predict would follow a full-scale nuclear war
Broadergeological phenomenonA natural phenomenon involving the structure or composition of the earth
English > cataclysm: 2 senses > noun 2, event
MeaningAn event resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Synonymscalamity, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy
Narroweract of God, force majeure, vis major, inevitable accident, unavoidable casualtyA natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events
apocalypseA cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil
famineA severe shortage / shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death
kiss of deathSomething that is ruinous
meltdownA disaster comparable / comparable to a nuclear meltdown
plagueAny large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)
tidal waveAn unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide
tsunamiA cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic eruption
visitationAny disaster or catastrophe
Broadermisfortune, bad luckunnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate / unfortunate event
Spanishcalamidad, cataclismo, catástrofe, desastre, hecatombe, siniestro, tragedia
Catalancalamitat, cataclisme, catàstrofe, daltabaix, desastre, tragèdia
Adjectivescataclysmal, cataclysmicseverely destructive

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