Examples from the Web for catastrophism
On first thought it might seem that such lawless movement was rather in keeping with catastrophism than uniformitarianism.
Catastrophism and uniformitarianism are opposite extremes which must be combined and reconciled.
But, in revulsion from the previous idea of catastrophism, it undoubtedly was pushed much too far.
This view is a complete reconciliation of catastrophism and uniformitarianism, and is far more rational than either extreme.
Catastrophism, a short-sighted teleology, and a still more short-sighted orthodoxy, joined forces to crush evolution.The Advance of Science in the Last Half-Century|T.H. (Thomas Henry) Huxley
British Dictionary definitions for catastrophism
Word Origin and History for catastrophism
By CATASTROPHISM I mean any form of geological speculation which, in order to account for the phenomena of geology, supposes the operation of forces different in their nature, or immeasurably different in power, from those which we at present see in action in the universe. [T.H. Huxley, "Address" to the Geological Society of London, Feb. 19, 1869]