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or cat·a·clys·mal

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  1. of, relating to, or resulting from a cataclysm.
  2. of the nature of, or having the effect of, a cataclysm: cataclysmic changes.
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Origin of cataclysmic

First recorded in 1850–55; cataclysm + -ic
Related formscat·a·clys·mi·cal·ly, adverbnon·cat·a·clys·mal, adjectivenon·cat·a·clys·mic, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Cataclysmic changes were taking place in the soul of Martin Wade.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • And of course, at this critical moment, there arrived the cataclysmic letter from Stair.


    S. R. Crockett

  • Then Ranny delivered his soul, and the escape, the outburst was tremendous, cataclysmic.

    The Combined Maze

    May Sinclair

  • At once it seemed as if some cataclysmic upheaval were in progress.

    Kings in Exile

    Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts

  • They told of an elemental tragedy, swift and cataclysmic in its action.

    The Gilded Man

    Clifford Smyth

Word Origin and History for cataclysmic


1837, from cataclysm + -ic. Related: Cataclysmical (1857); cataclysmically.

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