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Definition of catastrophe:

  1. A violent and widely extended change in the surface of the earth, as, an elevation or subsidence of some part of it, effected by internal causes.
  2. An event producing a subversion of the order or system of things; a final event, usually of a calamitous or disastrous nature; hence, sudden calamity; great misfortune.
  3. The final event in a romance or a dramatic piece; a denouement, as a death in a tragedy, or a marriage in a comedy.

Synonyms:

convulsion, sequel, calamity, denouement, cataclysm, devastation, avalanche, havoc, accident, blow, fiasco, debacle, failure, down, ravage, disaster, wreck, fatality, visitation, reverse, desolation, upheaval, emergency, stroke, tragedy, scourge, crash, mischance, help, ruin.

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