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cataclysm

[ kat-uh-kliz-uh m ]SEE DEFINITION OF cataclysm

Synonyms for cataclysm

  • calamity
  • catastrophe
  • convulsion
  • debacle
  • deluge
  • upheaval
  • cataract
  • collapse
  • crunch
  • curtains
  • disturbance
  • flood
  • flooding
  • inundation
  • misadventure
  • ruin
  • torrent
  • tragedy
  • waterloo
  • woe
  • double trouble
  • holy mess
  • unholy mess
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Antonyms for cataclysm

  • blessing
  • boon
  • good fortune
  • good luck
  • happiness
  • miracle
  • wonder
  • success
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CATACLYSM

There was no doubt in his mind that somehow they had been responsible for the cataclysm.

De Launay dominated her, and she stood as rigid as a statue, awaiting the cataclysm.

He had snatched a soul for himself out of a cataclysm, remember.

I have been trying to save my soul with it in the cataclysm of a world.

Back had they gone to town, and then came the cataclysm of noon.

Yet the Romanoffs went in the cataclysm, and so, too, did the Gorys.

But it must have been a cataclysm of spectacular dimensions.

I can think of no cataclysm that could have the force to move me from my path.

The goal had all but been attained when the cataclysm struck.

The cataclysm of the French Revolution interrupted his studies.

WORD ORIGIN

1630s, from French cataclysme (16c.), from Latin cataclysmos or directly from Greek kataklysmos "deluge, flood, inundation," from kataklyzein "to deluge," from kata "down" (see cata-) + klyzein "to wash," from PIE *kleue- "to wash, clean" (see cloaca).

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