Part of speech: noun

An overwhelming flood or convulsion.

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Usage examples "cataclysm":

  1. That this cataclysm was self- made by these beings, McGuire knew, and he knew that in some way it meant menace to him and his. - "Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930", Various.
  2. A few days of continuous suffering begotten by a cataclysm, which had rent asunder walls of life enclosing vistas he had never before seen; these had transformed him. - "The Judgment House", Gilbert Parker.
  3. The social conditions that prevailed in the Renaissance and later in the Restoration and Regency, proceeded directly from these poets who, meanwhile, in a cataclysm had vanished. - "Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern", Edgar Saltus.