HyperDic: catastrophe

English > 3 senses of the word catastrophe:
NOUNeventcatastrophe, calamity, disaster, tragedy, cataclysman event resulting in great loss and misfortune
statecatastrophe, disastera state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune
phenomenoncatastrophe, cataclysma sudden violent change in the earth's surface
catastrophe > pronunciation
Rhymesapostrophe ... typography: 53 rhymes with fiy...
English > catastrophe: 3 senses > noun 1, event
MeaningAn event resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Synonymscalamity, disaster, tragedy, cataclysm
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
English > catastrophe: 3 senses > noun 2, state
MeaningA state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune.
Example"lack of funds has resulted in a catastrophe for our school system"
Broaderadversity, hardship, hard knocksA state of misfortune or affliction
Spanishcatástrofe, desastre, tragedia
Catalancatàstrofe, desastre, tragèdia
English > catastrophe: 3 senses > noun 3, 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

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