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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Example sentences
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.
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