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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Definitions for cataclysm

  1. any violent upheaval, especially one of a social or political nature.
  2. Physical Geography. a sudden and violent physical action producing changes in the earth's surface.
  3. an extensive flood; deluge.

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Citations for cataclysm
To be sure, Wall Street is not exactly as it was before the cataclysm of last year. Alex Berenson, "A Year Later, Little Change on Wall St." New York Times, September 11, 2009
The book provides brilliant insight into what happens to people and how they behave in an extreme historical situation--in a cataclysm. Daniel Yergin, "Numbed to Death," New York, July 1, 1968
Origin of cataclysm
Cataclysm entered English in the 1620s from Late Latin cataclysmus. This, in turn, derives from Greek kataklysmós meaning “a flood.”
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