- 1A large-scale and violent event in the natural world: the cataclysm at the end of the Cretaceous PeriodMore example sentences
- 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 political or social upheaval: the cataclysm of the First World WarMore example sentences
disaster, catastrophe, calamity, tragedy, act of God, devastation, crisis, holocaust, ruin, ruination, upheaval, convulsion, blow, shock, reverse, trouble, trial, tribulation; misfortune, mishap, accident, mischance, misadventure, woe, affliction, distress• archaic baleScottish • archaic mishanter
- 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.
early 17th century (originally denoting the biblical Flood described in Genesis): from French cataclysme, via Latin from Greek kataklusmos 'deluge', from kata- 'down' + kluzein 'to wash'.