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catastrophe

noun [C] uk   us   /kəˈtæs.trə.fi/
C2 a sudden event that causes very great trouble or destruction: They were warned of the ecological catastrophe to come. a bad situation: The emigration of scientists is a catastrophe for the country.
catastrophic
adjective uk   /ˌkæt.əˈstrɒf.ɪk/  us   /ˌkæt̬.əˈstrɑː.fɪk/
An unchecked increase in the use of fossil fuels could have catastrophic results for the planet.
Translations of “catastrophe”
in Arabic كارِثة…
in Korean 재앙…
in Malaysian bencana…
in French catastrophe…
in Turkish felaket, afet, facia…
in Italian catastrofe…
in Chinese (Traditional) 大災難, 大災禍, 困境,不利的局面…
in Russian катастрофа…
in Polish katastrofa…
in Vietnamese thảm họa…
in Spanish catástrofe…
in Portuguese catástrofe…
in Thai ความหายนะ…
in German die Katastrophe…
in Catalan catàstrofe…
in Japanese 大惨事…
in Indonesian bencana…
in Chinese (Simplified) 大灾难, 大灾祸, 困境,不利的局面…
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