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: flood, deluge
: catastrophe sense 3a
: a momentous and violent event marked by overwhelming upheaval and demolition
: an event that brings great changes
an international economic cataclysm
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alluvion, bath, cataract, deluge, flood, flood tide, inundation, Niagara, overflow, spate, torrent
drought (also drouth)
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1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1
French cataclysme, from Latin cataclysmos, from Greek kataklysmos, from kataklyzein to inundate, from kata- + klyzein to wash — more at clyster
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: something that causes great destruction, violence, etc.
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