- 1An event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering; a disaster: a national economic catastrophe leading the world to catastropheMore example sentences
- Before this year of disasters even began, it was heralded by a natural catastrophe as sudden and violent as anything that followed.
- Had they been accepted we would have had a local environmental catastrophe and a national commercial disaster.
- This would be a cautionary tale of catastrophes narrowly averted and environmental damage now emerging.
- 1.1The denouement of a drama, especially a classical tragedy.More example sentences
- This is an old insight, of course - as old as the domestic catastrophes of classical Greek drama.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'denouement'): from Latin catastropha, from Greek katastrophē 'overturning, sudden turn', from kata- 'down' + strophē 'turning' (from strephein 'to turn').