1) ADJ-GRADED Something that is catastrophic involves or causes a sudden terrible disaster.

A tidal wave caused by the earthquake hit the coast causing catastrophic damage...

The water shortage in this country is potentially catastrophic...

The Chinese minister warned that if war broke out, it would be catastrophic for the whole world.

Derived words:
catastrophically [[t]kæ̱təstrɒ̱fɪkli[/t]] ADV-GRADED usu ADV after v, also ADV adj/-ed/adv

The faulty left-hand engine failed catastrophically as the aircraft approached the airport.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe something as catastrophic, you mean that it is very bad or unsuccessful.

...another catastrophic attempt to arrest control from a rival Christian militia...

His mother's untimely death had a catastrophic effect on him.

Derived words:
catastrophically ADV-GRADED usu ADV after v

By the time we had to sell, prices had fallen catastrophically.

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