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Definition 1: an event resulting in great loss and misfortune - [noun denoting event]

Samples where catastrophe or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity
  • the earthquake was a disaster

Synonyms for catastrophe in the sense of this definition

(catastrophe is a kind of ...) unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event

(... is a kind of catastrophe ) an unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide

(... is a kind of catastrophe ) any disaster or catastrophe

"a visitation of the plague"

(... is a kind of catastrophe ) any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)

(... is a kind of catastrophe ) a disaster comparable to a nuclear meltdown

"there is little likelihood of a meltdown comparable to the American banking collapse in March 1933"

(... is a kind of catastrophe ) something that is ruinous

"if this were known it would be the kiss of death for my political career"

(... is a kind of catastrophe ) a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death

(... is a kind of catastrophe ) a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil

(... is a kind of catastrophe ) a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events

"he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God"

(... is a kind of catastrophe ) a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic eruption

"a colossal tsunami destroyed the Minoan civilization in minutes"

Definition 2: a sudden violent change in the earth's surface - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Synonyms for catastrophe in the sense of this definition

(catastrophe is a kind of ...) a natural phenomenon involving the structure or composition of the earth

(... is a kind of catastrophe ) a long period of darkness and extreme cold that scientists predict would follow a full-scale nuclear war; a layer of dust and smoke in the atmosphere would cover the earth and block the rays of the sun; most living organisms would perish

Definition 3: a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune - [noun denoting state]

Samples where catastrophe or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • lack of funds has resulted in a catastrophe for our school system
  • his policies were a disaster

Synonyms for catastrophe in the sense of this definition

(catastrophe is a kind of ...) a state of misfortune or affliction

"debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity" "a life of hardship"

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