What Does Catastrophic Mean?


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Something catastrophic is something that portents disaster. It is an adjective that indicates a disastrous characteristic of the spoken of subject, something in the extreme. It is used in terms of defeat, failure, injury, loss and even disaster itself. For instance the margin by which one loses could be so great that it could be a catastrophic defeat, failure so total that it would be a catastrophic failure, injury so severe that it would be termed a catastrophic injury and disaster so complete that it would be a catastrophic disaster.

It is the adjective form of the noun Catastrophe. Catastrophe would be a sudden disastrous event that affects a number of people or even geographic area. For example a forest fire can be a catastrophe for the ecosystem existing in a given place.

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