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- catastrophe theory,
- catastrophic reaction,
Origin of catastrophe
Examples from the Web for catastrophe
But a Western policy that is blind to the urgent need for reform and justice is certain to end in catastrophe.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea|Bruce Riedel|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is a critical system that leaves you one failure away from catastrophe, as in this case.
An independent Scotland would be a catastrophe as a country.Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster|P. J. O’Rourke|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
State officials, military and aviation experts in both countries hurried to shift the blame for the catastrophe.
This is, in every conceivable way, a recipe for catastrophe.
Captain Burgoyne was on deck when the catastrophe happened, remaining there as the night grew stormy.Grace Darling|Eva Hope
She could wait to tell him all about the catastrophe when he returned to Milton.The Corner House Girls' Odd Find|Grace Brooks Hill
I had never experienced the like before, and I felt sure some catastrophe would happen.Autobiography of an Electron|Charles R. (Charles Robert) Gibson
Since the catastrophe on board the steamer, he had forgotten Doctor Glyphic.Idolatry|Julian Hawthorne
It is safe to say that anyone who has once gone through such a catastrophe will have no desire to repeat it.Bert Wilson, Marathon Winner|J. W. Duffield
Word Origin for catastrophe
1530s, "reversal of what is expected" (especially a fatal turning point in a drama), from Latin catastropha, from Greek katastrophe "an overturning; a sudden end," from katastrephein "to overturn, turn down, trample on; to come to an end," from kata "down" (see cata-) + strephein "turn" (see strophe). Extension to "sudden disaster" is first recorded 1748.