Noun > Catastrophe

a terrible disaster


The oil spill was an environmental catastrophe.

Experts fear a humanitarian catastrophe if food isn’t delivered to the refugees soon.

global/nuclear/economic catastrophe


an area on the brink of catastrophe

catastrophic kætəˈstrɑːfɪk adjective [more catastrophic; most catastrophic]

The effect of the war on the economy was catastrophic.

a catastrophic drought

catastrophically kætəˈstrɑːfɪkli adverb

The dam failed catastrophically, flooding the entire valley.