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Dictionary definition for: Catastrophe

1. (n) an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity" "the earthquake was a disaster"

2. (n) a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune; "lack of funds has resulted in a catastrophe for our school system" "his policies were a disaster"

3. (n) a sudden violent change in the earth''s surface

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