- any violent upheaval, especially one of a social or political nature.
- Physical Geography. a sudden and violent physical action producing changes in the earth's surface.
- an extensive flood; deluge.
Origin of cataclysm
Related Words for cataclysmupheaval, catastrophe, deluge, calamity, debacle, convulsion, crunch, disturbance, collapse, misadventure, inundation, ruin, tragedy, flood, woe, cataract, flooding, torrent, curtains, waterloo
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Contemporary Examples of cataclysm
In the cataclysm that followed, the survival of republican government indeed was in peril.The Right Wing Screams for the Wambulance Over Gay Marriage Ruling
October 13, 2014
The poet remains coolly detached: a circumspect observer in the face of cataclysm.Catastrophe in Verse
April 21, 2011
Historical Examples of cataclysm
There was no doubt in his mind that somehow they had been responsible for the cataclysm.Pirates of the Gorm
De Launay dominated her, and she stood as rigid as a statue, awaiting the cataclysm.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
He had snatched a soul for himself out of a cataclysm, remember.A Set of Six
I have been trying to save my soul with it in the cataclysm of a world.The Ghost in the White House
Gerald Stanley Lee
Back had they gone to town, and then came the cataclysm of noon.Warrior Gap
- a violent upheaval, esp of a political, military, or social nature
- a disastrous flood; deluge
- geology another name for catastrophe (def. 4)