Synonyms and Antonyms of cataclysm
1 a great flow of water or of something that overwhelms an ancient cataclysm that may have been the basis for the Flood described in the Bible Synonyms of cataclysm alluvion, bath, flood, cataract, deluge, flood tide, inundation, Niagara, overflow, spate, torrentWords Related to cataclysm current, river, stream, tide; cloudburst, discharge, flush, gush, outflow, outpouring; flux, inflow, influx; engulfment, washout; avalanche, blizzard; cascade, waterfall; excess, glut, overabundance, overage, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplusNear Antonyms of cataclysm dribble, drip, trickleAntonyms of cataclysm drought (also drouth)
2 a sudden violent event that brings about great loss or destruction the earthquake that struck Lisbon in 1755, killing 30,000 people, was one of the greatest cataclysms ever recorded Synonyms of cataclysm apocalypse, calamity, disaster, catastrophe, debacle (also débâcle), tragedyWords Related to cataclysm bloodbath, collapse, crash, meltdown; Armageddon, doomsday, end-time; convulsion, paroxysm, upheaval; accident, casualty, fatality; misadventure, mischance, misfortune, mishap; blast, blow, double whammy, one-two (or one-two punch)Near Antonyms of cataclysm godsend, manna, windfall
3 a violent disturbance (as of the political or social order) a social cataclysm that gave rise to a new world order Synonyms of cataclysm bouleversement, convulsion, earthquake, paroxysm, storm, tempest, tumult, upheaval, uproarWords Related to cataclysm insurgency, insurrection, mutiny, overthrow, overturn, rebellion, revolt, revolution, subversion, unrest, uprising, upset; fit, seizure, spasm; eruption, flare-up, outbreak, outburst; bluster, bobbery, bustle, coil, commotion, furor, furore, fuss, hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly-burly, pandemonium, rout, row, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, shindy, squall, stew, stir, to-do, turmoil, welter, williwaw; quaking, rocking, shaking, trembling
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