Origin of cataclysm
Examples from the Web for 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|Walter Olson|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The poet remains coolly detached: a circumspect observer in the face of cataclysm.
A cataclysm or catastrophe is some great convulsion or momentous event that may or may not be a cause of misery to man.English Synonyms and Antonyms|James Champlin Fernald
A cataclysm of nature was about all that would thwart her determination.The Girl from Sunset Ranch|Amy Bell Marlowe
The cataclysm the machine made—evidently they hadn't been so clever as they thought, may Allah rot their souls!The Giants From Outer Space|Geoff St. Reynard
We must all implore Providence to save Humanity from such a cataclysm.England, Canada and the Great War|Louis-Georges Desjardins
Old Lagrange exclaimed with profound sincerity that he hoped the cataclysm would come as late as possible.The Red Lily, Complete|Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for cataclysm
Word Origin for cataclysm
Word Origin and History for cataclysm
1630s, from French cataclysme (16c.), from Latin cataclysmos or directly from Greek kataklysmos "deluge, flood, inundation," from kataklyzein "to deluge," from kata "down" (see cata-) + klyzein "to wash," from PIE *kleue- "to wash, clean" (see cloaca).