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cataclysm


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cataclysm  \Cat"a*clysm\,  n.  [L.  cataclysmos  Gr  kataklysmo`s, 
  from  ?  to  dash  over  inundate;  kata`  downward,  against  +  ?  to 
  wash  or  dash  over:  cf  F.  cataclysme.] 
  1.  An  extensive  overflow  or  sweeping  flood  of  water;  a 
  deluge. 
 
  2.  (Geol.)  Any  violent  catastrophe,  involving  sudden  and 
  extensive  changes  of  the  earth's  surface. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cataclysm 
  n  1:  a  sudden  violent  change  in  the  earth's  surface  [syn:  {catastrophe}] 
  2:  an  event  resulting  in  great  loss  and  misfortune;  "the  whole 
  city  was  affected  by  the  irremediable  calamity";  "the 
  earthquake  was  a  disaster"  [syn:  {calamity},  {catastrophe}, 
  {disaster},  {tragedy}] 




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