Definitions for catastrophekəˈtæs trə fi

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. calamity, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy, cataclysm(noun)

    an event resulting in great loss and misfortune

    "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"

  2. catastrophe, disaster(noun)

    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. catastrophe, cataclysm(noun)

    a sudden violent change in the earth's surface

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  1. catastrophe(Noun)

    Any large and disastrous event of great significance.

  2. catastrophe(Noun)

    A disaster beyond expectations

  3. catastrophe(Noun)

    The dramatic event that initiates the resolution of the plot in a tragedy.

  4. catastrophe(Noun)

    A type of bifurcation, where a system shifts between two stable states.

  5. Origin: From καταστροφή, from καταστρέφω, from κατά + στρέφω

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Catastrophe(noun)

    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

  2. Catastrophe(noun)

    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. Catastrophe(noun)

    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

  4. Origin: [L. catastropha, Gr. , fr. to turn up and down, to overturn; kata` down + to turn.]

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  1. Catastrophe

    Catastrophe is a short play by Samuel Beckett, written in French in 1982 at the invitation of A.I.D.A. and “[f]irst produced in the Avignon Festival … Beckett considered it ‘massacred.’” It is one of his few plays to deal with a political theme and, arguably, holds the title of Beckett's most optimistic work. It was dedicated to then imprisoned Czech reformer and playwright, Václav Havel.

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