V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. a powerful disaster or sudden event with severe consequences; 2. a violent change in the earth; 3. a flood
Synonyms: disaster, catastrophe, calamity, flood, deluge, upheaval
Antonyms: boon, blessing, luck
Tips: A cataclysm is a sudden and violent event that has profound effects on society. It can be a natural disaster or a political or social upheaval. The word cataclysm comes from the Greek kataklusmos, meaning "flood."
When they began to organize the coup d'etat, they had no idea that they were about to instigate one of the greatest cataclysms of the century. (upheavals)
The story of Noah and the ark tells of a cataclysm so great it covered the entire earth with water. (flood, deluge)
The earthquake was a cataclysm that caused billions of dollars of damage in the state. (disaster, catastrophe)
Scientists don't know for sure what kind of cataclysm it was that caused the extinction of dinosaurs. (disaster, calamity)
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