AskDefine | Define catastrophic

Dictionary Definition

catastrophic adj : extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin; "a catastrophic depression"; "catastrophic illness"; "a ruinous course of action" [syn: ruinous]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Of or pertaining to a catastrophe
  2. Disastrous; ruinous.


of or pertaining to a catastrophe
disastrous; ruinous

Extensive Definition

Catastrophe, from the Greek Καταστροφή (katastrephein), literally means "to turn" (strephein) "downwards" (kata-). It may refer to:
Catastrophic may refer to:
catastrophic in Italian: Catastrofe
catastrophic in Japanese: カタストロフィー

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