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English definition of “catastrophe”


noun [C]  /kəˈtæs·trə·fi/ us  
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.
adjective  /ˌkæt̬·əˈstrɑf·ɪk/ us  
Continued rain will cause catastrophic flooding.
(Definition of catastrophe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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