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catastrophe

noun [C]  us   /kəˈtæs·trə·fi/
a sudden event that causes great suffering or destruction: Losing his job was a financial catastrophe for his family. A chemical plant leak could cause an environmental catastrophe.
catastrophic
adjective  us   /ˌkæt̬·əˈstrɑf·ɪk/
Continued rain will cause catastrophic flooding.
Translations of “catastrophe”
in Arabic كارِثة…
in Korean 재앙…
in Malaysian bencana…
in French catastrophe…
in Turkish felaket, afet, facia…
in Italian catastrofe…
in Chinese (Traditional) 大災難, 大災禍, 困境,不利的局面…
in Russian катастрофа…
in Polish katastrofa…
in Vietnamese thảm họa…
in Spanish catástrofe…
in Portuguese catástrofe…
in Thai ความหายนะ…
in German die Katastrophe…
in Catalan catàstrofe…
in Japanese 大惨事…
in Indonesian bencana…
in Chinese (Simplified) 大灾难, 大灾祸, 困境,不利的局面…
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