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catastrophic

[kat-uh-strof-ik]
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adjective
  1. of the nature of a catastrophe, or disastrous event; calamitous: a catastrophic failure of the dam.
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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
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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

catastrophic

adj.

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

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