[ US /ˌkætəˈstɹɑfɪk/ ]
[ UK /kˌætɐstɹˈɒfɪk/ ]
  1. extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin
    catastrophic illness
    a catastrophic depression
    a ruinous course of action
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How To Use catastrophic In A Sentence

  • Sea level rises will follow, catastrophically for many low-lying countries.
  • We are now so dependent on the financial system, without parallel systems of support, that the result could be catastrophic for humanity.
  • That has led to a catastrophic effect on residual values. Times, Sunday Times
  • They were such important providers of mortgages and business loans that failure would have been catastrophic. Times, Sunday Times
  • Since he published a paper on fluoroquinolone side effects in 2001, says Dr. Jay Cohen, a medical researcher and associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, "I have received several hundred emails, most of which relate terrible, often catastrophic reactions that are slow to pass, leaving some people disabled for months or years. The ignored risks of America's most popular antibiotics
  • It was bad for Sri Lanka, but not catastrophic if they can win at least one more game.
  • You spend four or so years in "blocked" college time, serene in the knowledge that nothing will change (short of failure, which is of the catastrophic/sublime mode). Archive 2003-05-01
  • The implication of that for Nottinghamshire's deep mines is catastrophic.
  • The system is catastrophically failing to end the vicious circle of criminality. Times, Sunday Times
  • Prior catastrophic losses both in Mysore and in America had a lingering effect on future actions in India not only because the British could not afford further defeat, but also because the primary British actant in the Mysore Wars and the Projection, Patriotism, Surrogation: Handel in Calcutta
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