Definition of cataclysm in English:
1A large-scale and violent event in the natural world.
- Meanwhile, across the globe, there are thousands of families like his: slowly rebuilding, trying to make sense of a natural cataclysm which changed their lives forever.
- Many have noticed that poorer nations are more severely affected by natural cataclysms than developed nations.
- These are not the victims of natural cataclysms, these are the victims of human greed for power, violence, stupidity, and of man's destructive impulses.
1.1A sudden violent upheaval, especially in a political or social context: the cataclysm of the First World War
More example sentences
- It indicates that despite the political upheavals and cataclysms of the past decade, the core of military professionals, who constitute the nucleus of the Russian Armed Forces, has been preserved.
- The country, he writes, has exceeded its ‘limit for political and socio-economic upheavals, cataclysms and radical reforms.’
- He has never written a poem that addresses, passionately, or engages with, his own country's terrible political state, the cataclysms for centuries.