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catastrophe

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From Ancient Greek καταστροφή (katastrophḗ), from καταστρέφω (katastréphō, I overturn), from κατά (katá, down, against) + στρέφω (stréphō, I turn)

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catastrophe (plural catastrophes)

  1. Any large and disastrous event of great significance.
  2. (insurance) A disaster beyond expectations
  3. (narratology) The dramatic event that initiates the resolution of the plot in a tragedy.
  4. (mathematics) A type of bifurcation, where a system shifts between two stable states.

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From Ancient Greek, see above

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catastrophe f (plural catastrophes)

  1. catastrophe

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catastrophe

  1. first-person singular present indicative of catastropher
  2. third-person singular present indicative of catastropher
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of catastropher
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of catastropher
  5. second-person singular imperative of catastropher

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