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cataclysmic

[kat-uh-kliz-mik] /ˌkæt əˈklɪz mɪk/
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
1850-1855
1850-55; cataclysm + -ic
Related forms
cataclysmically, adverb
noncataclysmal, adjective
noncataclysmic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for noncataclysmic

cataclysmic

adj.

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

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