catastrophe :

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kuh ta struh fee

  • n  an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
  • n  a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune
    lack of funds has resulted in a catastrophe for our school system
  • n  a sudden violent change in the earth's surface

  • A Kansas cyclone is a conventional, straightforward sort of catastrophe which comes, blows, goes.
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  • David Miliband in 940 News 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."
  • Barack Obama in International Herald Tribune
    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."

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