Adjective "catastrophe" definition and examples

(Catastrophe may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/kəˈtastrəfi/

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Definitions and examples

noun

An event causing great and usually sudden damage or suffering; a disaster.
  1. mass noun 'inaction will only bring us closer to catastrophe'
  2. 'This'll be the second time that we can point to impacts coinciding with major extinction events and other catastrophes.'
  3. 'The last two years were the hottest in recorded history, and recent wild weather patterns suggest that this global warming will bring with it an ever expanding plague of economic and human catastrophes.'
  4. 'Today, the environmental catastrophes of history are repeated almost everywhere on the planet, on an unprecedented scale.'
  5. 'Four years ago, we experienced one of the biggest environmental catastrophes in our history, and nobody covered it.'
  6. 'Along with many other noble agencies, they are always at the forefront of the relief effort following calamities and catastrophes at local, national and international level.'
  7. 'It did not take long for the general to recognize the catastrophe's politically damaging consequences.'
  8. 'And without a change of policy, the winter snows will soon begin to tilt this disaster into an international catastrophe.'
  9. 'Collisions and environmental catastrophes can be more easily avoided with improved coordination and guidance of ship traffic.'
  10. 'Before this year of disasters even began, it was heralded by a natural catastrophe as sudden and violent as anything that followed.'
  11. 'They are profiting from increasing awareness that as the landfill and disposal space becomes scarcer, environmental catastrophes of ‘poisoned land’ become more documented.'
  12. 'I mean, it's a catastrophe for the industry that really doesn't need one more.'
  13. 'Overall it is not thought that the film industry will be too severely affected by yesterday's catastrophe.'
  14. 'The dread of even a single potential catastrophe and its implications for all industry members outweighed any objection to a reporting system for near misses.'
  15. 'He added that seeing people come to terms with tragedy and catastrophe had played a profound role on his spiritual beliefs and influenced his faith.'
  16. 'For instance, if you habitually turn trivial events into catastrophes, or repeatedly focus selectively on the unpleasant aspects of your experiences, you are more likely to find yourself in a dark mood.'
The denouement of a drama, especially a classical tragedy.

    More definitions

    1. a sudden and widespread disaster: the catastrophe of war.

    2. any misfortune, mishap, or failure; fiasco: The play was so poor our whole evening was a catastrophe.

    3. a final event or conclusion, usually an unfortunate one; a disastrous end: the great catastrophe of the Old South at Appomattox.

    4. (in a drama) the point at which the circumstances overcome the central motive, introducing the close or conclusion; dénouement.Compare catastasis, epitasis, protasis.

    5. Geo

    More examples(as adjective)

    "products can be catastrophe."

    Origin

    Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘denouement’): from Latin catastropha, from Greek katastrophē ‘overturning, sudden turn’, from kata- ‘down’ + strophē ‘turning’ (from strephein ‘to turn’).