Definition of Cataclysm

1. Noun. A sudden violent change in the earth's surface.

Exact synonyms: Catastrophe
Generic synonyms: Geological Phenomenon
Specialized synonyms: Nuclear Winter



2. Noun. An event resulting in great loss and misfortune. "The earthquake was a disaster"

Definition of Cataclysm

1. n. An extensive overflow or sweeping flood of water; a deluge.

Definition of Cataclysm

1. Noun. A sudden, violent event. ¹

2. Noun. (geology) A sudden and violent change in the earth's crust. ¹

3. Noun. A great flood. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cataclysm

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cataclysm

catabolized
catabolizes
catabolizing
catacaustic
catacaustics
catachism
catachreses
catachresis
catachrestic
catachrestical
catachrestically
catachronobiology
cataclasm
cataclastic
cataclinal
cataclysm (current term)
cataclysmal
cataclysmic
cataclysmically
cataclysmist
cataclysmists
cataclysms
catacomb
catacombs
catacorner
catacoustic
catacoustics
catacrotic
catacrotic pulse
catacrotism

Literary usage of Cataclysm

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1. Mars as the Abode of Life by Percival Lowell (1908)
"Analogy of cataclysm to new stars (Novae). arrive, or, to be precise, ... Of the cataclysm that thus occurred far down the otherwise unrecorded vista of ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"... term for the reverse of anabolism, namely the breaking down of complex into simpler substances, destructive metabolism (see PHYSIOLOGY). cataclysm (Gr. ..."

3. A History of Modern Liberty by James G. Mackinnon (1906)
"THE SOCIAL cataclysm IN GERMANY. IN the social cataclysm that followed, the influence of such ultra-evangelical views is very apparent. ..."

4. King's Complete History of the World War ...: 1914-1918. Europe's War with by William C. King (1922)
"... GERMANY LOOSES HER THUNDERBOLTS Christian Europe Swept by the Fiery cataclysm Foretold by the Prophets Gigantic Armies Invade Belgium, France, ..."

5. The History of the San Francisco Disaster and Mount Vesuvius Horror by Charles Eugene Banks, Opie Percival Read (1906)
"CHAPTER 11 AWFUL RESULTS OF FIRST SHOCKS Earthquake Topples Over Great Buildings—Thousands Buried in Debris—cataclysm Comes Without Warning—Magnificent City ..."

6. John B. McFerrin: A Biography by Oscar Penn Fitzgerald (1888)
"... THE METHODIST cataclysm. THE fateful General Conference of 1844 drew near. While the peach-trees were blooming and the oak- buds swelling, in the spring ..."

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