cataclysm

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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈkætəˌklɪzm̩/

EtymologyEdit

French cataclysme, from Latin cataclysmus, from Ancient Greek κατακλυσμός ‎(kataklusmós, deluge, flood), from κατακλύζω ‎(kataklúzō, to dash over, flood, deluge, inundate), from κατά ‎(katá, downwards, towards) + κλύζω ‎(klúzō, to wash off, to wash away, to dash over).

NounEdit

cataclysm ‎(plural cataclysms)

  1. A sudden, violent event.
  2. (geology) A sudden and violent change in the earth's crust.
  3. A great flood.

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