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catastrophe

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noun ca·tas·tro·phe \kə-ˈtas-trə-(ˌ)fē\

Simple Definition of catastrophe

  • : a terrible disaster

Full Definition of catastrophe

  1. 1 :  the final event of the dramatic action especially of a tragedy

  2. 2 :  a momentous tragic event ranging from extreme misfortune to utter overthrow or ruin

  3. 3 a :  a violent and sudden change in a feature of the earth b :  a violent usually destructive natural event (as a supernova)

  4. 4 :  utter failure :  fiasco <the party was a catastrophe>

cat·a·stroph·ic play \ˌka-tə-ˈsträ-fik\ adjective
cat·a·stroph·i·cal·ly play \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of catastrophe

  1. The oil spill was an environmental catastrophe.

  2. Experts fear a humanitarian catastrophe if food isn't delivered to the refugees soon.

  3. an area on the brink of catastrophe



Origin of catastrophe

Greek katastrophē, from katastrephein to overturn, from kata- + strephein to turn


First Known Use: 1540


Medical Dictionary

catastrophe

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noun ca·tas·tro·phe \kə-ˈtas-trə-fē\

Medical Definition of catastrophe

  1. :  death (as from an inexplicable cause) before, during, or after an operation





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