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/.
Related formscat·a·stroph·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·cat·a·stroph·ic, adjectivenon·cat·a·stroph·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·cat·a·stroph·ic, adjectiveun·cat·a·stroph·ic, adjectiveun·cat·a·stroph·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Nor in any story of mankind has the irony of God chosen the foolish things so catastrophically to confound the wise.

Word Origin and History for catastrophically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper