catastrophe


catastrophe
noun
ADJECTIVE
absolute, big, complete, great, major, terrible, total
minor
national
global, international, world
ecological, economic, environmental, financial, human, humanitarian, natural, nuclear

The country is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.

imminent, impending, potential
VERB + CATASTROPHE
be
cause, lead (sth) to

These policies could lead us to environmental catastrophe.

have

We had a few catastrophes with the food for the party.

be faced with, be heading for, face

The area is now facing economic catastrophe.

avert, avoid, head off, prevent

moves to avert a national catastrophe

CATASTROPHE + VERB
happen, occur, strike, take place

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  • catastrophe — [ katastrɔf ] n. f. • 1552; lat. catastropha, gr. katastrophê « bouleversement » 1 ♦ Didact. Dernier et principal événement (d un poème, d une tragédie). ⇒ dénouement. « La catastrophe de ma pièce est peut être un peu trop sanglante » (Racine). 2 …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • catastrophe — CATASTROPHE. s. f. Le dernier & principal evenement d une Tragedie. Grande catastrophe, sanglante catastrophe. Il signifie aussi figur. Une fin malheureuse. La vie de cet homme a esté long temps heureuse, mais la catastrophe en a esté funeste.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Catastrophe — Ca*tas tro*phe, n. [L. catastropha, Gr. ?, fr. ? to turn up and down, to overturn; kata down + ? to turn.] 1. An event producing a subversion of the order or system of things; a final event, usually of a calamitous or disastrous nature; hence,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catastrophe — CATASTROPHE. s. f. Le dernier et principal événement d une Tragédie. Grande catastrophe. Sanglantecatastrophe. Il ne se dit guère que d Un événement funeste. [b]f♛/b] Il signifie figurément Une fin malheureuse. La vie de ce Prince avoit été… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • catastrophe — I noun accident, adversity, affliction, calamitas, calamity, cataclysm, collapse, contretemps, debacle, decimation, desolation, destruction, devastation, disaster, downfall, emergency, eradication, extinction, great misfortune, hardship, havoc,… …   Law dictionary

  • catastrophe — (n.) 1530s, reversal of what is expected (especially a fatal turning point in a drama), from L. catastropha, from Gk. katastrophe an overturning; a sudden end, from katastrephein to overturn, turn down, trample on; to come to an end, from kata… …   Etymology dictionary

  • catastrophe — *disaster, calamity, cataclysm Analogous words: *trial, tribulation, visitation: defeating or defeat, overthrowing or overthrow, routing or rout (see corresponding verbs at CONQUER) Contrasted words: *victory, triumph …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • catastrophe — [n] calamity; unhappy conclusion accident, adversity, affliction, alluvion, bad luck, bad news*, blow, calamity, casualty, cataclysm, contretemps, crash, culmination, curtains*, debacle, denouement, desolation, devastation, disaster, emergency,… …   New thesaurus

  • catastrophe — ► NOUN ▪ an event causing great damage or suffering. DERIVATIVES catastrophic adjective. ORIGIN Greek katastroph overturning, sudden turn …   English terms dictionary

  • catastrophe — [kə tas′trə fē] n. [L catastropha < Gr katastrophē, an overthrowing < katastrephein, to overturn < kata , down + strephein, to turn: see STROPHE] 1. the culminating event of a drama, esp. of a tragedy, by which the plot is resolved;… …   English World dictionary

  • Catastrophe — Dégâts causés par l ouragan Dennis en Floride en 2005. Le terme catastrophe désigne les effets dommageables d un phénomène brutal, durable ou intense, d origine naturelle ou humaine. Les conséquences d une catastrophe sont dans la fracture de la… …   Wikipédia en Français


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