cataclysm cataclysm  /ˈkæ tə ˌklɪ səm/


  1. (n) a sudden violent change in the earth's surface
  2. (n) an event resulting in great loss and misfortune

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  1. Standing between order and that cataclysm, those leaders believe, is General Pervez Musharraf, the country's leader since 1999.
  2. In fact, they fully expect the cataclysm of Armageddon within the next few years.
  3. In The Road, the cataclysm may have been war, or it may have been an asteroid strike.


  1. Confronting the surveillance state

    Two weeks after the World Trade Center towers fell, a small group of attorneys, activists and journalists gathered inside Judson Memorial Church in lower Manhattan to discuss what was to come. As National Guard vehicles rolled past and asbestos flakes still fell from the sky, the group discussed the civil-liberties landscape that would emerge from the national cataclysm of 9/11. Matt Ehling At ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: MinnPost

  2. 'This Is the End' clip: 'It's a zombie invasion'

    New Orleans-shot cataclysm comedy opens nationally Wednesday, June 12, 2013
    on June 10, 2013     Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune


  1. "Our focus with Cataclysm has been to build on the knowledge we've gained through the previous expansions to deliver the best, most compelling World of Warcraft content for our players to date," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard...
    on Jul 1, 2010 By: Mike Morhaime Source: Inside Mac Games

  2. "Obviously, an unforeseeable cataclysm would cause all sorts of problems," Mr Abbott told reporters in Brisbane. "But I think for the sorts of things that we could reasonably expect we could cope under the various disaster management plans...
    on Apr 15, 2007 By: Tony Abbott Source: The Age

  3. "If we fail to see an adequate response to consumers' concerns on the issue of data collection and profiling, as a regulator, we will not shy away from our duties nor wait for a cataclysm to wake us up," warned Meglena Kuneva last year.
    on May 6, 2010 By: Meglena Kuneva Source: Register

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