What does catastrophe mean?

Definitions for catastrophe
kəˈtæs trə ficatas·tro·phe

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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

Wiktionary

  1. catastrophe(Noun)

    Any large and disastrous event of great significance.

    Etymology: From καταστροφή, from καταστρέφω, from κατά + στρέφω

  2. catastrophe(Noun)

    A disaster beyond expectations

    Etymology: From καταστροφή, from καταστρέφω, from κατά + στρέφω

  3. catastrophe(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From καταστροφή, from καταστρέφω, from κατά + στρέφω

  4. catastrophe(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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

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

  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

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

  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

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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Catastrophe

    kat-as′trō-fē, n. an overturning: a final event: an unfortunate conclusion: a calamity.—adj. Catastroph′icns. Catas′trophism, the theory in geology that accounts for 'breaks in the succession' by the hypothesis of vast catastrophes—world-wide destruction of floras and faunas, and the sudden introduction or creation of new forms of life, after the forces of nature had sunk into repose; Catas′trophist, a holder of the foregoing, as opposed to the uniformitarian theory. [Gr., kata, down, strephein, to turn.]

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How to say catastrophe in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of catastrophe in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of catastrophe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of catastrophe in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama:

    It was a natural disaster but also a man-made catastrophe.

  2. Margaret Turnbull:

    When a man meets catastrophe on the road, he looks in his purse, but a woman looks in her mirror.

  3. The Archbishop:

    At a time when the whole country has been affected by a major catastrophe, politicians should stop finding fault with each other, instead they must have broad discussion on what steps needed to be taken to solve this and take this country out of this crisis.

  4. Stacey Abrams:

    From the beginning of this catastrophe, Governor Kemp has demonstrated that Governor Kemp has absolutely no competency in this process.

  5. Hassan Rouhani:

    I ask the Saudi Arabian government to take responsibility for this catastrophe and fulfill its legal and Islamic duties in this regard.

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