Definition of cataclysm
cataclysmicallyplay \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of cataclysm in a sentence
floods, earthquakes, and other cataclysms
The country barely survived the cataclysm of war.
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
Definition of cataclysm for English Language Learners
: something that causes great destruction, violence, etc.
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