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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

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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

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3 a violent disturbance (as of the political or social order)
  • a social cataclysm that gave rise to a new world order

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The first known use of cataclysm was in 1599

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“Cataclysm.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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