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Meaning & Definition of Catastrophe in English

English

Catastrophe

/kətæstrəfi/

noun

1. An event resulting in great loss and misfortune

  • "The whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"
  • "The earthquake was a disaster"
    synonym:
  • calamity
  • ,
  • catastrophe
  • ,
  • disaster
  • ,
  • tragedy
  • ,
  • cataclysm

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"
    synonym:
  • catastrophe
  • ,
  • disaster

3. A sudden violent change in the earth's surface

    synonym:
  • catastrophe
  • ,
  • cataclysm

Examples of using

This is a catastrophe.
Few passengers survived the catastrophe.