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catastrophenoun [C]

uk   us   /kəˈtæs.trə.fi/
catastrophic
adjective uk   /ˌkæt.əˈstrɒf.ɪk/  us   /ˌkæt̬.əˈstrɑː.fɪk/
An ​uncheckedincrease in the use of ​fossilfuels could have catastrophic ​results for the ​planet.
(Definition of catastrophe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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catastrophenoun [C]

 us   /kəˈtæs·trə·fi/
a ​suddenevent that ​causesgreatsuffering or ​destruction: Losing his ​job was a ​financial catastrophe for his ​family. A ​chemicalplantleak could ​cause an ​environmental catastrophe.
catastrophic
adjective  us   /ˌkæt̬·əˈstrɑf·ɪk/
Continued ​rain will ​cause catastrophic ​flooding.
(Definition of catastrophe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “catastrophe”
in Korean 재앙…
in Arabic كارِثة…
in Malaysian bencana…
in French catastrophe…
in Russian катастрофа…
in Chinese (Traditional) 大災難, 大災禍, 困境,不利的局面…
in Italian catastrofe…
in Turkish felaket, afet, facia…
in Polish katastrofa…
in Spanish catástrofe…
in Vietnamese thảm họa…
in Portuguese catástrofe…
in Thai ความหายนะ…
in German die Katastrophe…
in Catalan catàstrofe…
in Japanese 大惨事…
in Chinese (Simplified) 大灾难, 大灾祸, 困境,不利的局面…
in Indonesian bencana…
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