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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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We are highly vulnerable, then, when desire and deferral turn deadly: Mired in physical and psychological ghettos, watching our friends die and wallowing in our survival guilt when HIV-negative, we may perversely desire an HIV-positive identification to enhance our solidarity with those who are suffering so cataclysmically, so apocalyptically, so horribly, while at the same time, and quite logically of course, we still want at another level to defer the real suffering and dying of our own individual AIDS-ending.
The last two weeks for the ex-USC star have been cataclysmically awful.
One interesting case involved a director who channelled almost pounds 1 million of company funds into his wife's - cataclysmically unsuccessful - business.
He, along with Chris Bryant and a team of dedicated local activists, set about winning back Rhondda for Labour in the 2003 Assembly elections after it had been lost, convincingly and cataclysmically, to Plaid Cymru four years earlier.
So I gave her a peck on the cheek, and ran to the pub and got myself cataclysmically drunk.
It's only a EUR4 ride out of Naples and the site of the Roman town destroyed when Vesuvius erupted cataclysmically in AD79 is just yards from the station.
Until lunch Warwickshire were progressing smoothly, but they collapsed so cataclysmically in the afternoon that their last nine wickets fell for just 74 runs and their last eight for 37.
Labour would still have lost the 1983 election, although probably not so cataclysmically as they actually did.
A few weeks later, when he was cataclysmically drunk, and thought I was someone else, he asked me to be his best man.
Although slightly sceptical of the new regime - ``Worry that New Labour will be like having a crush on someone, finally being able to go out with them, and then when you have your first row it is cataclysmically awful'' - she finds solace in the fact that ``Tony Blair is the first Prime Minister I can completely imagine having voluntary sex with.