A definitive number, however, will be hard to determine because of the catastrophic effects of the tsunami.
In the real world, foreign policy often consists of helping to broker outcomes that are merely bad, not catastrophic.
But alas, Obama is holding his fire, with what will surely be catastrophic results.
First of all, most of the catastrophic job losses affecting men actually occurred while President Bush was still in office.
Seeing the catastrophic effect of this illness on a previously well child made a lasting impact.
catastrophic noises resounded in the loft; volcanoes seemed to romp upon the stairway.
Almost all social prediction is catastrophic and absurdly simplified.
This change of the point of view was, of course, not abrupt or catastrophic.
To Louise, the loss of her holy place, but yet more the manner of its loss, was catastrophic.
It might mean permanent, hopeless, catastrophic dislocation.