cataclysmic cataclysmic  /ˌkæ tə ˈklɪz mɪk/


  • (adj) severely destructive


  1. Twenty five years after the cataclysmic event, the townsmen still cannot forget the volcano eruption and the lava flowing through the street.
  2. The Hubble telescope captured the cataclysmic event of the explosion of a star and the birth of a supernova.
  3. The beach resort did not heed the warning and was buried under 30 meters of tidal wave when the cataclysmic tsunami flattened the coastline.


  1. Fires, fish and rock snot

    Fire season so far this year has been active but not yet been as cataclysmic as in some years past: ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Albuquerque Journal

  2. Three years later, BP oil cleanup ends in some states

    Three years after a cataclysmic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, oil producer BP announced Monday that active oil cleanup had ended in three states hit by the disaster.        
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Chicago Tribune

  3. Mobile apps for fundraising for nonprofits

    When mobile fundraising was successful by major nonprofits in recent years as a response to cataclysmic events, many in the nonprofit sector realized it was time to take a look at this technology for our fundraising campaigns.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Savannah Morning News


  1. "It is not an easy time in the relationship, but it is also not, I think, a time in which cataclysmic things are affecting the relationship or catastrophic things are happening in the relationship," Rice said.
    on May 14, 2007 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "We can't afford some sort of cataclysmic event" like the 2008 collapse of investment banking giant Lehman Brothers in 2008, Canada's Harper told reporters.
    on Jun 26, 2010 By: Stephen Harper Source: The Associated Press

  3. "There was no big cataclysmic event that happened right before I went in," Urban said. "It was a lot of small things that were happening in my life, a lot of small moments that were starting to accumulate that were telling me very loud and...
    on Jan 22, 2007 By: Keith Urban Source: International Herald Tribune

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