Definitions for catastrophekəˈtæs trə fi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ca•tas•tro•phe*kəˈtæs trə fi(n.)

  1. a sudden and widespread disaster.

  2. any misfortune or failure; fiasco.

  3. a disastrous end.

  4. the point in a drama following the climax and introducing the conclusion.

    Category: Literature

  5. a sudden, violent disturbance, esp. of a part of the surface of the earth.

    Category: Geology

* Syn: See disaster.

Origin of catastrophe:

1570–80; < Gk katastrophḗ an overturning, n. der. of katastréphein to overturn. See cata -, strophe


Princeton's WordNet

  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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. catastrophe(noun)əˈtæs trə fi

    a terrible disaster

    a nuclear catastrophe


  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 Dictionary

  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


  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.

Translations for catastrophe

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a sudden great disaster

earthquakes and other natural catastrophes; Her brother's death was a catastrophe for the family.

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