supercatastrophe

catastrophe

[kuh-tas-truh-fee]
noun
1.
a sudden and widespread disaster: the catastrophe of war.
2.
any misfortune, mishap, or failure; fiasco: The play was so poor our whole evening was a catastrophe.
3.
a final event or conclusion, usually an unfortunate one; a disastrous end: the great catastrophe of the Old South at Appomattox.
4.
(in a drama) the point at which the circumstances overcome the central motive, introducing the close or conclusion; dénouement. Compare catastasis, epitasis, protasis.
5.
Geology. a sudden, violent disturbance, especially of a part of the surface of the earth; cataclysm.
6.
Also called catastrophe function. Mathematics. any of the mathematical functions that describe the discontinuities that are treated in catastrophe theory.

Origin:
1570–80; < Greek katastrophḗ an overturning, akin to katastréphein to overturn. See cata-, strophe

catastrophic [kat-uh-strof-ik] , catastrophical, catastrophal, adjective
supercatastrophe, noun


1. misfortune, calamity. 1, 3. See disaster.


1, 3. triumph.
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catastrophe (kəˈtæstrəfɪ)
 
n
1.  a sudden, extensive, or notable disaster or misfortune
2.  the denouement of a play, esp a classical tragedy
3.  a final decisive event, usually causing a disastrous end
4.  Also called: cataclysm any sudden and violent change in the earth's surface caused by flooding, earthquake, or some other rapid process
 
[C16: from Greek katastrophē, from katastrephein to overturn, from strephein to turn]
 
catastrophic
 
adj
 
cata'strophically
 
adv

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catastrophe
1540, "reversal of what is expected" (especially a fatal turning point in a drama), from Gk. katastrephein "to overturn," from kata "down" + strephein "turn" (see strophe). Extension to "sudden disaster" is first recorded 1748.
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