Definition of 'catastrophic'
Video: pronunciation of 'catastrophic'
Example sentences containing 'catastrophic'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
Their diseases were then passed on to domestic cattle with catastrophic effect. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He said it'can avert a much more costly and potentially catastrophic building failure in the years to come'. The Sun (2016)Lots of them are astonished I'm still in this country of catastrophic cancer statistics. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They seem oblivious to the catastrophic effects of their actions. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It was a blunder of potentially catastrophic proportions. Times, Sunday Times (2009)And this man has the gall to ask for another five catastrophic years! The Sun (2010)He suffered a head injury so catastrophic it damaged his brain stem irrevocably. The Sun (2010)That has led to a catastrophic effect on residual values. Times, Sunday Times (2012)And it was likely the lack of oxygen had caused catastrophic brain damage. The Sun (2015)It was changed by the effects of catastrophic global warming. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It can have a catastrophic effect and undermine the whole system. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It can also have catastrophic effects on a relationship. The Sun (2010)The damage to people and property was a small reminder of the potentially catastrophic costs of a cosmic impact. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The aftershocks which followed the catastrophic earthquake in January continued for weeks. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The fragile euro will implode, plunging the world into another catastrophic financial crash. The Sun (2016)The catastrophic results followed another day of turmoil for the embattled Premier. The Sun (2009)We ourselves endured catastrophic damage to our gardens, almost repaired now. The Sun (2014)But the cost of his reckless Scottish gamble was potentially catastrophic. The Sun (2015)Once the smoke cleared and the chalk dust settled, it was seen that the damage was not catastrophic. FIGHTER BOYS: Saving Britain 1940 (2003)The deadlock is potentially catastrophic. Times, Sunday Times (2011)An alternative solution must be found, otherwise Soho faces yet another catastrophic cultural loss with little gained in return. Times, Sunday Times (2015)
Trends of 'catastrophic'
In Common Usage. catastrophic is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'catastrophic'
British English: catastrophic ADJECTIVE
Something that is catastrophic involves or causes a sudden terrible disaster.
A tidal wave caused by the earthquake hit the coast causing catastrophic damage.
Definition of catastrophic from the Collins English Dictionary
The language of love: 5 ways to express your love on Valentine’s Day
In the market for some new terms of endearment? Here’s the etymology behind some of the most popular.
Part One: Unlocking Mandarin with Paul Noble
We sent one of the Collins team for a one-to-one learning experience with the man himself, and here’s how they found part one of the course.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.