Meaning of “cataclysm” in the English Dictionary

"cataclysm" in British English

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cataclysmnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæt.ə.klɪ.zəm/ us /ˈkæt̬.ə.klɪ.zəm/ literary

(Definition of “cataclysm” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cataclysm" in American English

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cataclysmnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkæt̬·əˌklɪz·əm/
cataclysmic
adjective us /ˌkæt̬·əˈklɪz·mɪk/

The city has just experienced a cataclysmic flood.

(Definition of “cataclysm” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)