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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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Word Origin and History for noncatastrophic

catastrophic

adj.

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

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