Adjective "cataclysmic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a natural event) large-scale and violent.
  1. 'It explores the environmental, political, economic and social impact of such a cataclysmic event.'
  2. 'This is actually a series of papyri, which describe various cataclysmic events in Egypt - blood everywhere, people dying etc.'
  3. 'The cataclysmic event may have caused widespread extinction of the dinosaurs and three-fourths of Earth's living organisms.'
  4. 'Eventually the entire surface founders in a cataclysmic event, leading to volcanic resurfacing on a global scale, followed by tectonic deformation of some areas as the new surface settles down.'
  5. 'And all of them blissfully unaware that the cataclysmic events of the next ten years will change the world as they know it.'
  6. 'The question of how stars die is currently a major focus of stellar research, and is particularly directed toward the energetic explosions that destroy a star in one cataclysmic event.'
  7. 'a novel about a cataclysmic world war'
  8. 'Our foreparents lived through sea changes, upheavals so cataclysmic, so devastating we may never appreciate the fortitude and resilience required to survive them.'
  9. 'Nonetheless, his death triggered events which led to cataclysmic changes at every level of society, and in almost every country on earth.'
  10. 'Their claim to fame is nothing more than having been ordinary people bound up in the two cataclysmic events of the twentieth century - WWI and WWII.'
  11. 'Twentieth century's final years witnessed some cataclysmic events unprecedented in history.'
  12. 'For this date follows closely on one of the periods of cataclysmic events recorded in the northern hemisphere, a period of cultural collapse recorded from the Mediterranean to China, a period of massive migrations of people.'
  13. 'the concert was a cataclysmic failure'
  14. 'Others have experienced in their lives some sort of cataclysmic event, and now they make lots of money telling everyone else about it.'


1. of, relating to, or resulting from a cataclysm.

2. of the nature of, or having the effect of, a cataclysm: cataclysmic changes.

More examples(as adjective)

"events can be cataclysmic."

"consequences can be cataclysmic."

"predictions can be cataclysmic."

"effects can be cataclysmic."

"results can be cataclysmic."

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