Definition of Cataclysmic

1. Adjective. Severely destructive. "A cataclysmic earthquake"

Exact synonyms: Cataclysmal
Similar to: Destructive
Derivative terms: Cataclysm, Cataclysm



Definition of Cataclysmic

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to a cataclysm; causing great destruction or upheaval; catastrophic. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cataclysmic

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cataclysmic

catabolizing
catacaustic
catacaustics
catachism
catachreses
catachresis
catachrestic
catachrestical
catachrestically
catachronobiology
cataclasm
cataclastic
cataclinal
cataclysm
cataclysmal
cataclysmic (current term)
cataclysmically
cataclysmist
cataclysmists
cataclysms
catacomb
catacombs
catacorner
catacoustic
catacoustics
catacrotic
catacrotic pulse
catacrotism
catadicrotic
catadicrotic pulse

Literary usage of Cataclysmic

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1. Discussions on Climate and Cosmology by James Croll (1889)
"Tendency in Geology to cataclysmic Theories.—The True Theory not cataclysmic. —An Important Difference. THE most important problem in terrestrial physics, ..."

2. Hawthorne and His Circle by Julian Hawthorne (1903)
"VIII cataclysmic adventures—On the trail of dazzling fortunes —"Lovely, but reprehensible ... cataclysmic ..."

3. God's Puppets by William Allen White (1916)
"When Dick Hale went home that night he found his mother in the midst of one of her clamorous cataclysmic tantrums; the bank failure seemed to have started ..."

4. Men Versus the Man: A Correspondence Between Robert Rives La Monte by Robert Rives La Monte, Henry Louis Mencken (1910)
"Is not that cataclysmic enough for you? Is it true? I do not know, ... Astronomy has shown itself equally unable to resist the cataclysmic tendency of the ..."

5. A Clinical history of the medical and surgical diseases of women by Robert Barnes (1878)
"Looking at the terrible suddenness and severity of the blow struck at the vital powers, I have called these cases " cataclysmic." The most common causes of ..."

6. Bulletin by Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology (1905)
"According to the old cataclysmic idea, this was indeed the case. ... The cataclysmic theory supposed that periods of uplift or other tectonic movement were ..."

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