catastrophic

[ kat-uh-strof-ik ]
/ ˌkæt əˈstrɒf ɪk /

adjective

of the nature of a catastrophe, or disastrous event; calamitous: a catastrophic failure of the dam.
Sometimes cat·a·stroph·i·cal, ca·tas·tro·phal [kuh-tas-truh-fuh l] /kəˈtæs trə fəl/.
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catastrophic


adj.

1824, from catastrophe + -ic. Related: Catastrophical; catastrophically.

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