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They must move fast before winter turns a disaster into a catastrophe. Times, Sunday Times (2012)You genuinely want to think about how to avoid catastrophe? Times, Sunday Times (2016)We thrive on ice ages and environmental catastrophes. Dyson, Freeman Infinite in All Directions (1989)Otherwise we face ecological catastrophe and the world will turn into grey goo. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Will it find the courage for necessary change before catastrophe prevails? Times, Sunday Times (2011)We all need them to avoid catastrophes of various kinds. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This is what an environmental catastrophe looks like. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But his computing system warned that a world catastrophe loomed and that the dollar would cease trading. Times, Sunday Times (2009)They both deal with risk while hoping to avoid catastrophe. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This is an environmental catastrophe going on around us. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Sometimes catastrophes were only avoided by sheer luck. Times, Sunday Times (2012)On his shoulders has rested responsibility for avoiding financial catastrophe. The Sun (2010)It has been the financial catastrophe to end all catastrophes and the final bill is not yet in. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Does it not realise that it is making environmental catastrophes more likely with this kind of dubious affiliation? Times, Sunday Times (2011)And ministers now want him to take a more direct role in fighting environmental catastrophe on the world stage. The Sun (2009)The task in this case is to save the future world from any catastrophes with their origins in the present. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It is impossible for me to look at a cotton field now without seeing the environmental catastrophe that it often represents. Times, Sunday Times (2008)There hadn't been any great catastrophe at home, she says. Times, Sunday Times (2010)If Labour loses, it would be a political earthquake and a catastrophe for the party. The Sun (2015)Everything was heading towards this disaster, this catastrophe, really. Times, Sunday Times (2009)

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Translations for 'catastrophe'

British English: catastrophe /kəˈtæstrəfɪ/ NOUN
A catastrophe is an unexpected event that causes great suffering or damage.
From our point of view, war would be a catastrophe.
  • American English: catastrophe
  • Arabic: نَكْبَة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: catástrofe
  • Chinese: 大灾难
  • Croatian: katastrofa
  • Czech: katastrofa
  • Danish: katastrofe
  • Dutch: catastrofe
  • European Spanish: catástrofe
  • Finnish: katastrofi
  • French: catastrophe
  • German: Katastrophe
  • Greek: καταστροφή
  • Italian: catastrofe
  • Japanese: 大災害
  • Korean: 대참사
  • Norwegian: katastrofe
  • Polish: katastrofa
  • European Portuguese: catástrofe
  • Romanian: catastrofă
  • Russian: катастрофа
  • Spanish: catástrofe
  • Swedish: katastrof
  • Thai: ความหายนะ
  • Turkish: felaket doğal afet
  • Ukrainian: катастрофа
  • Vietnamese: tai họa


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