cataclysmal

cataclysmic

[kat-uh-kliz-mik]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or resulting from a cataclysm.
2.
of the nature of, or having the effect of, a cataclysm: cataclysmic changes.
Also, cataclysmal.


Origin:
1850–55; cataclysm + -ic

cataclysmically, adverb
noncataclysmal, adjective
noncataclysmic, adjective
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cataclysm (ˈkætəˌklɪzəm)
 
n
1.  a violent upheaval, esp of a political, military, or social nature
2.  a disastrous flood; deluge
3.  geology another name for catastrophe
 
[C17: via French from Latin, from Greek kataklusmos deluge, from katakluzein to flood, from kluzein to wash]
 
cata'clysmic
 
adj
 
cata'clysmal
 
adj
 
cata'clysmically
 
adv

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