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catastrophic

[kat-uh-strof-ik]
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adjective
  1. of the nature of a catastrophe, or disastrous event; calamitous: a catastrophic failure of the dam.
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Sometimes cat·a·stroph·i·cal, ca·tas·tro·phal [kuh-tas-truh-fuh l] /kəˈtæs trə fəl/.
Related formscat·a·stroph·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·cat·a·stroph·ic, adjectivenon·cat·a·stroph·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·cat·a·stroph·ic, adjectiveun·cat·a·stroph·ic, adjectiveun·cat·a·stroph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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  • Hers was the most complete loneliness, charged with a catastrophic tension.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • The result was just as instantaneous and just as catastrophic as Garlock had expected.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Almost all social prediction is catastrophic and absurdly simplified.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • The "love of women" has always about it something tragic and catastrophic.

    Suspended Judgments

    John Cowper Powys

  • To Louise, the loss of her holy place, but yet more the manner of its loss, was catastrophic.

    Regiment of Women

    Clemence Dane


Word Origin and History for catastrophic

adj.

1824, from catastrophe + -ic. Related: Catastrophical; catastrophically.

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