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  • 1Involving or causing sudden great damage or suffering.

    • ‘a catastrophic earthquake’
    destructive, ruinous, disastrous, catastrophic, calamitous, cataclysmic
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    1. 1.1Extremely unfortunate or unsuccessful.
      • ‘catastrophic mismanagement of the economy’
      disastrous, calamitous, cataclysmic, ruinous, tragic, fatal, dire, awful, terrible, dreadful, black, woeful, grievous, lamentable, miserable, unfortunate
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    2. 1.2Involving a sudden and large-scale alteration in state.
      • ‘the body undergoes catastrophic collapse towards the state of a black hole’
      disastrous, catastrophic, calamitous, tragic, devastating, ruinous, terrible, violent, awful
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    3. 1.3Relating to geological catastrophism.



/ˌkadəˈsträfik/ /ˌkædəˈstrɑfɪk/