- 1a sudden event that causes many people to suffer synonym disaster Early warnings of rising water levels prevented another major catastrophe.
- 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.
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NAmE//ˌkæt̮əˈstrɑfɪk//adjective synonym disastrous catastrophic effects/losses/results
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NAmE//ˌkæt̮əˈstrɑfɪkli//adverb to fail catastrophically