cataclysm

  • 1 Cataclysm — Cat a*clysm, n. [L. cataclysmos, Gr. kataklysmo s, from ? to dash over, inundate; kata downward, against + ? to wash or dash over: cf. F. cataclysme.] 1. An extensive overflow or sweeping flood of water; a deluge. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geol.) Any… …

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  • 2 cataclysm — I noun alluvion, avalanche, convulsion, crash, debacle, deluge, disaster, disturbance, earthquake, eruption, extensive flood, flood, holocaust, inundation, overflow, overflowing, overrunning, quake, storm, temblor, tidal wave, tremor, upheaval,… …

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  • 3 cataclysm — (n.) 1630s, from Fr. cataclysme, from L. cataclysmos, from Gk. kataklysmos deluge, flood, inundation, from kata down (see CATA (Cf. cata )) + klyzein to wash, from PIE *kleue to wash, clean (see CLOACA (Cf …

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  • 4 cataclysm — catastrophe, *disaster, calamity Analogous words: convulsing or convulsion, rocking, shaking, agitation (see corresponding verbs at SHAKE): revolution (see REBELLION): *misfortune, mischance, mishap …

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  • 5 cataclysm — [n] disaster calamity, cataract, catastrophe, collapse, convulsion, crunch*, curtains*, debacle, deluge, disturbance, double trouble*, flood, flooding, holy mess*, inundation, misadventure, ruin, torrent, tragedy, unholy mess*, upheaval,… …

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  • 6 cataclysm — ► NOUN ▪ a violent upheaval or disaster. DERIVATIVES cataclysmic adjective cataclysmically adverb. ORIGIN originally denoting the biblical Flood: from Greek kataklusmos deluge …

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  • 7 cataclysm — [kat′ə kliz΄əm] n. [L cataclysmos < Gr kataklysmos < kataklyzein < kata , down + klyzein, to wash: for IE base see CLOACA] 1. a great flood; deluge 2. any great upheaval, as an earthquake or a war, that causes sudden and violent changes …

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  • 8 Cataclysm — The cataclysm is the Greek expression for the Deluge, from the Greek kataklysmos , to wash down ( kluzein wash kata down ). Erudite Bible studies drew it into the English language in 1633 and it has also been used to describe biblical events such …

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  • 9 Cataclysm — Homeworld: Cataclysm  компьютерная игра 2000 года в жанре космической стратегии. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm  третье дополнение к MMORPG игре World of Warcraft. См. также Катаклизм …

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  • 10 cataclysm — UK [ˈkætəˌklɪz(ə)m] / US [ˈkætəˌklɪzəm] noun [countable] Word forms cataclysm : singular cataclysm plural cataclysms literary 1) a sudden violent change, especially a social or political one 2) a sudden natural event that causes a lot of damage,… …

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  • 11 cataclysm — [[t]kæ̱təklɪzəm[/t]] cataclysms N COUNT A cataclysm is an event that causes great change or harm. [FORMAL] …

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  • 12 cataclysm — kataklizmas statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Didelis Žemės paviršiaus pasikeitimas (pvz., Žemės drebėjimas). atitikmenys: angl. cataclysm vok. Kataklysme, f; Kataklysmentheorie, f rus. катаклизм, m; теория катастроф, f …

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  • 13 cataclysm — noun Etymology: French cataclysme, from Latin cataclysmos, from Greek kataklysmos, from kataklyzein to inundate, from kata + klyzein to wash more at clyster Date: 1599 1. flood, deluge 2. catastrophe 3a 3. a momentous and …

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  • 14 cataclysm — /kat euh kliz euhm/, n. 1. any violent upheaval, esp. one of a social or political nature. 2. Physical Geog. a sudden and violent physical action producing changes in the earth s surface. 3. an extensive flood; deluge. [1625 35; < LL cataclysmos… …

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  • 15 cataclysm — noun /ˈkætəˌklɪzm̩/ a) A sudden, violent event. b) A sudden and violent change in the earths crust. See Also: catastrophe …

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  • 16 cataclysm — Synonyms and related words: accident, alluvion, alluvium, apoplexy, bloodless revolution, blow, bouleversement, breakdown, breaking up, breakup, calamity, casualty, cataract, catastrophe, cave, cave in, clean slate, clean sweep, climax, collapse …

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  • 17 cataclysm — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. upheaval, disaster. See violence, destruction. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. upheaval, disturbance, disaster, calamity; see catastrophe , disaster , misfortune 2 . See Synonym Study at disaster . III (Roget …

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  • 18 cataclysm — cat|a|clys|m [ˈkætəklızəm] n [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: cataclysme, from Latin, from Greek, from kataklyzein to flood , from kata down + klyzein to wash ] literary a violent or sudden event or change, such as a serious flood or… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 cataclysm — cat|a|clysm [ kætə,klızəm ] noun count LITERARY 1. ) a sudden violent change, especially a social or political one 2. ) a sudden natural event that causes a lot of damage, for example a flood or an EARTHQUAKE …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 cataclysm — cat·a·clysm || kætÉ™klɪzÉ™m n. upheaval; natural disaster, earthquake, flood; disaster, catastrophe …

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