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Noun
/kəˈtastrəfē/,
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catastrophes, plural;
  1. An event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering; a disaster
    • - a national economic catastrophe
    • - leading the world to catastrophe
  2. The denouement of a drama, esp. a classical tragedy


  1. calamity: an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
  2. 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"
  3. a sudden violent change in the earth's surface
  4. (catastrophic) extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin; "a catastrophic depression"; "catastrophic illness"; "a ruinous course of action"
  5. Catastrophe is a 2009 book co-written by American political commentator Dick Morris and his wife Eileen McGann, which spells out hypothetical catastrophic consequences of the Barack Obama administration policies and shows how the Obama administration could be stopped.
  6. In drama, particularly the tragedies of classical antiquity, the catastrophe is the final resolution in a poem or narrative plot, which unravels the intrigue and brings the piece to a close. ...
  7. Downsyde are an Australian hip hop group from Perth, Western Australia. The group is composed of six members, Optamus, Dazastah, Dyna-Mikes, DJ Armee, Cheeky, and Hi-Hat.
  8. Catastrophe is a short play by Samuel Beckett, written in French in 1982 at the invitation of A.I.D.A. (Association Internationale de Défense des Artistes) and “[f]irst produced in the Avignon Festival (21 July 1982) … Beckett considered it ‘massacred. ...
  9. Catastrophe is a five-part British documentary television series telling the story of the catastrophic events that shaped planet Earth. It is presented by Tony Robinson and was first aired on Channel 4 on 24 November 2008. The series producer was Stephen Marsh with researcher Dr Rhodri Jones.
  10. Nakba Day (Arabic: يوم النكبة Yawm an-Nakbah), meaning "day of the catastrophe", is an annual day of commemoration for the Palestinian people of the anniversary of the creation of Israel.
  11. Any large and disastrous event of great significance; A disaster beyond expectations; The dramatic event that initiates the resolution of the plot in a tragedy; A type of bifurcation, where a system shifts between two stable states
  12. (Catastrophes) are not when the dog swallows the car keys (not in this case anyway), but are more like Acts of God (go back to the top of the page if you can’t remember that one).
  13. (catastrophes) a misfortune or disaster.
  14. (Catastrophic) A sudden and unfortunate disaster. Though not technically an insurance term, catastrophic insurance can refer to accident insurance or insurance only used for sudden disasters.
  15. (Catastrophic) Caused by a great and sudden misfortune such as a serious accident or illness.
  16. (Catastrophic) To have a major, negative financial event.  For example, to lose your home due to fire.
  17. (XII. Catastrophic) Total damage - Almost everything is destroyed. Lines of sight and level distorted. Objects thrown into the air. The ground moves in waves or ripples. Large amounts of rock may move position.
  18. A disaster affecting a specific geographic area. Catastrophes often cause injury or even death; most result in extensive property damage. Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and even large hailstorms are typical examples of catastrophes.
  19. A severe loss causing sizable financial loss
  20. A sudden, great disaster.
  21. The scene in a tragedy which includes the death or moral destruction of the protagonist. In the catastrophe at the end of Sophocles' "Oedipus the King," Oedipus, discovering the tragic truth about his origin and his deeds, plucks out his eyes and is condemned to spend the rest of his days a ...
  22. An extraordinarily large loss. Floods, earthquakes, and volcanoes can produce natural catastrophes, which makes them generally uninsurable by private insurers.
  23. A catastrophe (as related to insurance) is a large and multiple series of losses beyond normal expectation or reasonable anticipation of loss by that particular cause of loss. For example, hurricanes causing very substantial damage, extended damage by flood, fire involving large areas, etc.
  24. A catastrophe is a discontinuous change of events, which is produced by a process that involves an underlying continuity. According to catastrophe theory, all discontinuous changes of events can be modeled by one of seven elementary topological models (with qualifications). ...
  25. Term used for statistical recording purposes to refer to a single incident or a series of closely related incidents causing severe insured property losses totaling more than a given amount, currently $25 million.