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Noun catastrophe has 3 senses


catastrophen. [L. catastropha, Gr. , fr. to turn up and down, to overturn; kata` down + to turn.].
  •  An event producing a subversion of the order or system of things; a final event, usually of a calamitous or disastrous nature; hence, sudden calamity; great misfortune.  [1913 Webster]
    "The strange catastrophe of affairs now at London."  [1913 Webster]
    "The most horrible and portentous catastrophe that nature ever yet saw."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The final event in a romance or a dramatic piece; a denouement, as a death in a tragedy, or a marriage in a comedy.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A violent and widely extended change in the surface of the earth, as, an elevation or subsidence of some part of it, effected by internal causes.  Whewell.  [1913 Webster]


catastrophe, n.
1 a great and usu. sudden disaster.
2 the denouement of a drama.
3 a disastrous end; ruin.
4 an event producing a subversion of the order of things.

catastrophic adj. catastrophically adv.
L catastropha f. Gk katastrophe (as CATA-, strophe turning f. strepho turn)



Z, accident, action, anagnorisis, angle, apodosis, architectonics, architecture, argument, atmosphere, background, bad luck, bitter end, bloodless revolution, blow, bouleversement, breakdown, breaking up, breakup, calamity, casualty, cataclysm, cave, cave-in, ceasing, cessation, characterization, clean slate, clean sweep, climax, coda, collapse, collision, color, completion, complication, computer revolution, conclusion, consummation, continuity, contretemps, contrivance, convulsion, counterrevolution, crack of doom, crack-up, crash, culmination, curtain, curtains, death, debacle, decease, denouement, design, destination, destiny, development, device, disaster, doom, effect, end, end point, end result, ending, envoi, epilogue, episode, eschatology, expiration, fable, failure, falling action, fate, fiasco, final result, final solution, final twitch, final words, finale, finality, finis, finish, gimmick, goal, grief, ill hap, incident, izzard, last, last act, last breath, last gasp, last things, last trumpet, last words, latter end, line, local color, misadventure, mischance, misfortune, mishap, mood, motif, movement, mythos, nasty blow, omega, overthrow, overturn, palace revolution, payoff, period, peripeteia, peroration, pileup, plan, plot, quietus, radical change, recognition, resolution, resting place, revolt, revolution, revolutionary war, revulsion, rising action, scheme, secondary plot, shipwreck, shock, slant, smash, smashup, spasm, staggering blow, stoppage, stopping place, story, striking alteration, structure, subject, subplot, subversion, swan song, sweeping change, switch, tabula rasa, technological revolution, term, terminal, termination, terminus, thematic development, theme, tone, topic, total change, total loss, tragedy, transilience, twist, upset, violent change, washout, windup, wrack, wreck




N evil, ill, harm, hurt, mischief, nuisance, machinations of the devil, Pandora's box, ills that flesh is heir to, blow, buffet, stroke, scratch, bruise, wound, gash, mutilation, mortal blow, wound, immedicabile vulnus, damage, loss, disadvantage, prejudice, drawback, disaster, accident, casualty, mishap, bad job, devil to pay, calamity, bale, catastrophe, tragedy, ruin, adversity, mental suffering, demon, (Evil spirit) bane, (cause of evil), badness, (Production of Evil), painfulness, evil doer, outrage, wrong, injury, foul play, bad turn, ill turn, disservice, spoliation, grievance, crying evil, disastrous, bad, awry, out of joint, disadvantageous, amis, wrong, ill, to one's cost, moving accidents by flood and field.


N completion, accomplishment, achievement, fulfillment, performance, execution, despatch, dispatch, consummation, culmination, finish, conclusion, close, terminus, winding up, finale, denouement, catastrophe, issue, upshot, result, final touch, last touch, crowning touch, finishing touch, finishing stroke, last finish, coup de grace, crowning of the edifice, coping-stone, keystone, missing link, superstructure, ne plus ultra, work done, fait accompli, elaboration, finality, completeness, completing, final, concluding, conclusive, crowning, exhaustive, done, completed, done for, sped, wrought out, highly wrought, thorough, ripe, completely, to crown all, out of hand, the race is run, actum est, finis coronat opus, consummatum est, c'en est fait, it is all over, the game is played out, the bubble has burst, aussitot dit aussitot fait, aut non tentaris aut perfice.


N adversity, evil, failure, bad luck, ill luck, evil luck, adverse luck, hard fortune, hard hap, hard luck, hard lot, frowns of fortune, evil dispensation, evil star, evil genius, vicissitudes of life, ups and downs of life, broken fortunes, hard case, hard lines, hard life, sea of troubles, peck of troubles, hell upon earth, slough of despond, trouble, hardship, curse, blight, blast, load, pressure, pressure of the times, iron age, evil day, time out of joint, hard times, bad times, sad times, rainy day, cloud, dark cloud, gathering clouds, ill wind, visitation, infliction, affliction, bitter pill, care, trial, the sport of fortune, mishap, mischance, misadventure, misfortune, disaster, calamity, catastrophe, accident, casualty, cross, reverse, check, contretemps, rub, backset, comedown, setback, losing game, falling, fall, downfall, ruination, ruinousness, undoing, extremity, ruin, unfortunate, unblest, unhappy, unlucky, improsperous, unprosperous, hoodooed, luckless, hapless, out of luck, in trouble, in a bad way, in an evil plight, under a cloud, clouded, ill off, badly off, in adverse circumstances, poor, behindhand, down in the world, decayed, undone, on the road to ruin, on its last legs, on the wane, in one's utmost need, planet-struck, devoted, born under an evil star, born with a wooden ladle in one's mouth, ill-fated, ill-starred, ill-omened, adverse, untoward, disastrous, calamitous, ruinous, dire, deplorable.

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