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cataclysm

cat·a·clysm

cataclysm

pronunciation:
kae t klI zm
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a violent natural event, esp. an upheaval causing a sudden change in the earth's crust, or a great flood.
No city can ever be fully prepared for a cataclysm such as a major earthquake.
synonyms:
calamity, catastrophe, disaster, upheaval
similar words:
avalanche, debacle, deluge, devastation, earthquake, flood, quake
definition 2: a tremendous upheaval in human affairs, such as sudden and extreme social or political change.
How many lives were lost in the cataclysm that was the French Revolution?
synonyms:
revolution, turmoil, upheaval
similar words:
blow, catastrophe, coup d'état, debacle, devastation, firestorm, tempest
derivations: cataclysmal (adj.), cataclysmic (adj.), cataclysmically (adv.)
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The word cataclysm contains the following part:
cata- Greek prefix that means down; completely, thoroughly; against; according to