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or cataclysmal

[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.
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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  • Brazil seems to have come through the cataclysmic period of the war in better style than might have been expected.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • And of course, at this critical moment, there arrived the cataclysmic letter from Stair.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • The cataclysmic power of that little bomb should be more than a match for even this monster.

  • At once it seemed as if some cataclysmic upheaval were in progress.

    Kings in Exile Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
  • cataclysmic changes were taking place in the soul of Martin Wade.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Word Origin and History for cataclysmic

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

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