Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to a cataclysm; causing great destruction or upheaval; catastrophic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by cataclysms.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. severely destructive

Etymologies

From cataclysm +‎ -ic. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Today we seem to have trouble picturing the future, except in cataclysmic terms or as the present gone worse ( "Children of Men").

    What Happened to the Future that Science Fiction Promised Us?

  • Life seldom deals in cataclysmic situations – at least on the surface.

    The Miller of Old Church

  • Never mind that the long-term cataclysmic effects of subtracting about tens of millions of young, strong people from Africa over the course of a couple of centuries is a large part of the reason why Africa now appears so distasteful to you.

    SOHH Blogs

  • However, things are not perfect: There are sound problems on “Night Train” that can only be described as cataclysmic, and Trask glares at the soundman.

    Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

  • Farmers are expected to receive about $479 million by 2012 for what the commission calls "cataclysmic and historic" losses.

  • The atmosphere can only be described as a cataclysmic mismatch of nostalgic revelry.

    Virtual Festivals

  • We do work other than this microlensing work, we also measure the light changes of objects called cataclysmic variable stars.

    Universe Today

  • Mr. Strickland says the accidents rear-view cameras could prevent are "cataclysmic" — specifically that of a parent backing over a child.

    Key to Next Push for Safer Driving: Technology

  • Also, the New Orleans Saints success was a "cataclysmic" even for New Orleans residents.

    TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

  • Bratton says a key factor is that there is no potentially "cataclysmic" drug epidemic on the horizon similar to that of crack cocaine, which he and other analysts say fueled the widespread street violence of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

    Homicides fall in big cities

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  • this... is... my... FAVORITE WORD!!! :D

    November 18, 2011

  • WIZARD
    ...I -- ah -- on the contr -- -- Here --
    Well, you force me into a cataclysmic
    decision. The only way to get Dorothy back
    to Kansas is for me to take her there myself!

    June 10, 2010