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noun [C]    /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    /ˌkæt̬·əˈstrɑf·ɪk/ adjective Continued rain will cause catastrophic flooding.
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