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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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It appeared from Fyne's narrative that the day before the first rumble of the cataclysm the questionable young man arrived unexpectedly in Brighton to stay with his "Aunt." To all outward appearance everything was going on normally; the fellow went out riding with the girl in the afternoon as he often used to do--a sight which never failed to fill Mrs.
And they had been but the first warning impacts of universal cataclysm. Each day destruction and hate and disaster grew, the fissures widened between man and man, new regions of the fabric of civilisation crumbled and gave way.
No cataclysm of nature had caused this, but, rather, the tyranny of the labour unions.
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has urged the Turkic-speaking nations to jointly counter global economic cataclysms, Kazinform said Thursday.
We're 99-point-many-many-nines that today's expiration of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar will lead to neither a positive spiritual transformation for the entire human race nor some dire series of cataclysms ending life as we know it.
"Enslaving other peoples has been the World's Jewish elite main purpose since many centuries", "The genocide against Russians, Bulgarians and other Orthodox nations has been closely directed by Western Talmudic circles, headed by the Rothschild family" and "Across Europe, the Jews have always infiltrated the minds of the rulers and forced them to create wars and cataclysms, in order to force them into money dependence" are some of Siderov phrases the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee has cited as particularly offensive.
EoACA[pounds sterling]It has to be acknowledged that humankind is not prepared to enter the global natural cataclysms era, either technologically, economically, legally, or psychologically.
Cataclysms: A History of the Twentieth Century from Europe's Edge.
Cataclysms: A History of the Twentieth Century from Europe's Edge, by Dan Diner, translated by William Templer with Joel Golb.
Tony Robinson investigates the cataclysms that changed planet Earth and allowed life to appear and flourish, beginning with the creation of the moon.
There is a long roster of public figures who seek to call attention to their cause by invoking historic cataclysms. They take some of history's most brutal and shameful chapters--slavery, the Holocaust, the massacre of American Indians--and exploit them for whatever issue is on the agenda.