Definition of catastrophe:
- 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.
- 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.
- The final event in a romance or a dramatic piece; a denouement, as a death in a tragedy, or a marriage in a comedy.
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.
adversity (part of speech: noun)
- hard times,
- bad luck,
- rainy day,
- hard luck
- "The Necromancers", Robert Hugh Benson.
- "Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863", Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle.
- "The Eagle Cliff", R.M. Ballantyne.