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Catastrophe

Ca`tas´tro`phe
n.1.An event producing a subversion of the order or system of things; a final event, usually of a calamitous or disastrous nature; hence, sudden calamity; great misfortune.
The strange catastrophe of affairs now at London.
- Bp. Burnet.
The most horrible and portentous catastrophe that nature ever yet saw.
- Woodward.
2.The final event in a romance or a dramatic piece; a denouement, as a death in a tragedy, or a marriage in a comedy.
3.(Geol.) A violent and widely extended change in the surface of the earth, as, an elevation or subsidence of some part of it, effected by internal causes.
Noun1.Catastrophecatastrophe - an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
2.catastrophe - a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune; "lack of funds has resulted in a catastrophe for our school system"; "his policies were a disaster"
Synonyms: disaster
3.catastrophe - a sudden violent change in the earth's surface
Synonyms: cataclysm
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