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catastrophic

[kat-uh-strof-ik] /ˌkæt əˈstrɒf ɪk/
adjective
1.
of the nature of a catastrophe, or disastrous event; calamitous:
a catastrophic failure of the dam.
Sometimes, catastrophical, catastrophal [kuh-tas-truh-fuh l] /kəˈtæs trə fəl/ (Show IPA).
Related forms
catastrophically, adverb
noncatastrophic, adjective
noncatastrophically, adverb
supercatastrophic, adjective
uncatastrophic, adjective
uncatastrophically, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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