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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

A violent natural or social event.

Usage examples (37)
  • Everyone thought the earthquake was a major cataclysm.
  • We appear to be headed for something where the word cataclysm seems terrifyingly appropriate.
  • The much-debated computer worm may have headed off a conflagration that would have rendered the word cataclysm a pale understatement.
  • He painted bleak gatherings of jobless men and he painted toppling skyscrapers that reveal a world in cataclysm. for more
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  • The "cataclysm" (major disaster or war) resulted in a "cataclasm" (disruption) of the "catechism" (instruction in Christian beliefs given in a question-and-answer format) classes.
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