catastrophe catastrophe  /kə ˈtæ strə fi/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
  2. (n) a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune
  3. (n) a sudden violent change in the earth's surface

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  • A Kansas cyclone is a conventional, straightforward sort of catastrophe which comes, blows, goes.

News

  1. Western Financial Group Catastrophe Claims Centre in Okotoks Open Canada Day Long Weekend

    Western Financial Group Catastrophe Claims Centre in Okotoks Open Canada Day Long Weekend
    on June 27, 2013     Source: CNW Group via Yahoo! Finance

  2. AIR Worldwide Releases Global Pandemic Flu Model

    For Immediate Release: AIR Worldwide Releases Global Pandemic Flu Model BOSTON, June 27, 2013 - Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) announced today that it has released its Pandemic Flu ...
    on June 27, 2013     Source: Thomson Reuters ONE via Yahoo! Finance

  3. National Catastrophe Insurance Fund -- A Major Driving Factor for Thai Economic Expansion

    BANGKOK, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mr. Payungsak Chartsutipol, Chairman of the board, National Catastrophe Insurance Fund, announced that over the past year of the fund's operation, it has had a significant ...
    on June 24, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

Quotes

  1. "All of the hospitals are packed with people. It is a catastrophe," Preval said.
    on Jan 13, 2010 By: Rene Preval Source: CBS News (blog)

  2. ...as the official death toll jumped to more than 28,000, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband warned that "malign neglect" by the country's military rulers was creating a "humanitarian catastrophe of genuinely epic proportions."
    on May 11, 2007 By: David Miliband Source: 940 News

  3. "The scale and scope of this plan is right, and the time for action is now," Obama said in the radio address. "If we don't move swiftly to put this plan in motion, our economic crisis could become a national catastrophe."
    on Feb 7, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: International Herald Tribune

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