Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a cataclysm.
  • Of or pertaining to cataclysmists; holding the doctrine of violent upheavals: as, the cataclysmal school of geologists.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a cataclysm.

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  • adjective As destructive as a cataclysm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective severely destructive

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Examples

  • The belief belongs to what may be called the cataclysmal theory of progress, which improves the world by sudden starts, and clings so fondly to liquor-laws, and has profound faith in specific remedies for moral and political diseases.

    Reflections and Comments 1865-1895

  • Holy crap, tonight was almost cataclysmal for the party.

    Gaming Tonight

  • The almost cataclysmal development of new machinery, the discovery of new materials, and the appearance of new social possibilities through the organised pursuit of material science, has given enormous and unprecedented facilities to the spirit of innovation.

    A Modern Utopia

  • And then a lank, grey-bearded man, perspiring copiously in a noble passion of self-help, blind to all earthly things save that glaring, bait, thrust between them in a cataclysmal rush towards that alluring “x 5 pr. G.”

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • As I was playing my dad yesterday, I thought back upon those days of constantly inclement tempers, and was astonished at my cataclysmal past.

    deadhead sticker on a cadillac

  • As I was playing my dad yesterday, I thought back upon those days of constantly inclement tempers, and was astonished at my cataclysmal past.

    love-forty

  • Years ago he began to lay the groundwork for the gigantic, cataclysmal acts of dark necromancy that should rock the earth to its core and enslave its inhabitants.

    Conan the Avenger

  • Perhaps she's so deaf that nothing short of a cataclysmal uproar will reach her auditory nerves. '

    The Beetle

  • And then a lank, grey-bearded man, perspiring copiously in a noble passion of self-help, blind to all earthly things save that glaring, bait, thrust between them in a cataclysmal rush towards that alluring "x 5 pr. G."

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • The almost cataclysmal development of new machinery, the discovery of new materials, and the appearance of new social possibilities through the organised pursuit of material science, has given enormous and unprecedented facilities to the spirit of innovation.

    A Modern Utopia

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