A cataclysm is a huge event that affects a lot of people. Cataclysms can be natural disasters like a hurricane, or they can be man-made events like a war.

  • The cataclysm that destroyed the city was a natural disaster.

  • The cataclysm that destroyed the planet was a manmade event.

Definition of cataclysm


a sudden violent change in the earth's surface




an event resulting in great loss and misfortune


calamity, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy

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Example Sentences for cataclysm

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    The cataclysm damaged the whole universe.

  • 2

    The first has faith in a cataclysm.

  • 3

    There is a flaw in this theory of cataclysmic proportions.

  • 4

    It is unknown if the practice survived the Cataclysm, though.

  • 5

    It was the most cataclysmic period in Islamic history.

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    His role was not important in the cataclysmic war.

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    The lake outbursts had a cataclysmic character.

  • 8

    Both refer to cataclysmic descriptions of the end of the world.

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    Cataclysmic events in the cosmos are taking place tonight.

  • 10

    Mairie's role in the cataclysmic war is never specified.