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- adj. Of or pertaining to a cataclysm; causing great destruction or upheaval; catastrophic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by cataclysms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. severely destructive
Today we seem to have trouble picturing the future, except in cataclysmic terms or as the present gone worse ( "Children of Men").
Life seldom deals in cataclysmic situations – at least on the surface.
Never mind that the long-term cataclysmic effects of subtracting about tens of millions of young, strong people from Africa over the course of a couple of centuries is a large part of the reason why Africa now appears so distasteful to you.
However, things are not perfect: There are sound problems on “Night Train” that can only be described as cataclysmic, and Trask glares at the soundman.
Farmers are expected to receive about $479 million by 2012 for what the commission calls "cataclysmic and historic" losses.
The atmosphere can only be described as a cataclysmic mismatch of nostalgic revelry.
We do work other than this microlensing work, we also measure the light changes of objects called cataclysmic variable stars.
Mr. Strickland says the accidents rear-view cameras could prevent are "cataclysmic" — specifically that of a parent backing over a child.
Also, the New Orleans Saints success was a "cataclysmic" even for New Orleans residents.
Bratton says a key factor is that there is no potentially "cataclysmic" drug epidemic on the horizon similar to that of crack cocaine, which he and other analysts say fueled the widespread street violence of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
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