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cataclysm

1. a disastrous flood; deluge
2. Geology another name for catastrophe

cataclysm

a major physical and/or social upheaval that disrupts a previous ecological and/or social order to such an extent as to lead to the extinction of species and/or the elimination of a society. For example, it has been suggested that rather than merely endogenous social factors, forces such as climatic change (e.g. from volcanic eruption, meteorites) and/or epidemic diseases may have been responsible for periodic cataclysmic changes in social life. Such events as these, it has been suggested, may be behind the collapse of some South American societies and the replacement of feudal by capitalist society
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Conference on Astrophysics of Cataclysmic Variables and Related Objects (2004: Strasbourg, France) Ed.
Researchers at Canada's national particle accelerator, TRIUMF, recently announced that they have successfully simulated the reaction of the unstable, radioactive isotope sodium 21 during nova and other cataclysmic stellar events, bringing them one step closer to understanding how matter is produced in the universe.
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In the wake of the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s, the dominant Catholic culture suffered a cataclysmic breakup.
He said: ``It was a cataclysmic mistake and we apologise.
Andrew Gilligan, the Today reporter whose story about the 'sexed-up' Iraq dossier triggered a cataclysmic fallout with Downing Street, has been offered a new job on the Spectator.
The evening newscasts and the print journalists did a more thorough job of sorting through the cases (and the shifting messages of the Religious Right, which went from near jubilation in the morning to cataclysmic denunciation by mid-afternoon).
Rather, it is about finding and touching a sense of the sacred, if it is to be found at all, which may somehow lurk at the very core of the horrendous, the cataclysmic, the unthinkable.
A remarkable dancer and teacher, Agrippina Yakovlevna Vaganova (1879-1951) lived through cataclysmic times.
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