Definition of catastrophe noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    catastrophe

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    noun
    NAmE//kəˈtæstrəfi//
     
     
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  1. 1a sudden event that causes many people to suffer synonym disaster Early warnings of rising water levels prevented another major catastrophe.
  2. 2an event that causes one person or a group of people personal suffering, or that makes difficulties The attempt to expand the business was a catastrophe for the company. We've had a few catastrophes with the food for the party.
catastrophic
 
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NAmE//ˌkæt̮əˈstrɑfɪk//
 
adjective synonym disastrous catastrophic effects/losses/results
catastrophically
 
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NAmE//ˌkæt̮əˈstrɑfɪkli//
 
adverb to fail catastrophically
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