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[kat-uh-kliz-mik] /ˌkæt əˈklɪz mɪk/
of, relating to, or resulting from a cataclysm.
of the nature of, or having the effect of, a cataclysm:
cataclysmic changes.
Also, cataclysmal.
Origin of cataclysmic
1850-55; cataclysm + -ic
Related forms
cataclysmically, adverb
noncataclysmal, adjective
noncataclysmic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for cataclysmic
  • Many things could go wrong on launch besides a cataclysmic explosion with no warning.
  • Most are created in the aftermath of cataclysmic political events.
  • cataclysmic housing crises are easy to spot, but also rare.
  • Your cataclysmic language doesnt measure up to reality.
  • And if you feel the need for some cataclysmic planetary destruction sequences, well, they're there in abundance.
  • The impression is a kind of see-through, cataclysmic transformation or entropic decay extended in time and space.
  • What was tragic or cataclysmic to one generation becomes rueful and ironic to another.
Word Origin and History for cataclysmic

1837, from cataclysm + -ic. Related: Cataclysmical (1857); cataclysmically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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