cataclysm

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noun cat·a·clysm \ˈka-tə-ˌkli-zəm\

Definition of cataclysm

  1. 1 :  flood, deluge

  2. 2 :  catastrophe 3a

  3. 3 :  a momentous and violent event marked by overwhelming upheaval and demolition; broadly :  an event that brings great changes an international economic cataclysm

cataclysmal

play \ˌka-tə-ˈkliz-məl\ or

cataclysmic

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cataclysmically

play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of cataclysm in a Sentence

  1. floods, earthquakes, and other cataclysms

  2. The country barely survived the cataclysm of war.

  3. The revolution could result in worldwide cataclysm.

Origin and Etymology of cataclysm

French cataclysme, from Latin cataclysmos, from Greek kataklysmos, from kataklyzein to inundate, from kata- + klyzein to wash — more at clyster


First Known Use: 1599


CATACLYSM Defined for English Language Learners

cataclysm

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noun cat·a·clysm \ˈka-tə-ˌkli-zəm\

Definition of cataclysm for English Language Learners

  • : something that causes great destruction, violence, etc.



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