Meaning of “catastrophe” in the English Dictionary

"catastrophe" in British English

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catastrophenoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈtæs.trə.fi/ us /kəˈtæs.trə.fi/

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

"catastrophe" in American English

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catastrophenoun [ 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.

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