Catastrophic is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of catastrophic, followed by 45 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin
EXAMPLES - Catastrophic in a Sentence
- This is what is known as a catastrophic health insurance plan. (source)
- He specializes in what's called catastrophic damage litigation. (source)
- I would use the word catastrophic in a crisis and China knows this. (source)
- I don't like the word catastrophic, but it certainly bordered on that. (source)
- That word catastrophic, I don't think, fits in with that but I could be wrong. (source)
- These sober national security experts don't use the word "catastrophic" lightly. (source)
- As one adviser said, if she loses in Iowa, it would be -- quote -- "catastrophic" -- Kitty. (source)
- In a speech on the Senate floor on July 28, 2003 he called catastrophic global warming "a hoax." (source)
- When you hear the word catastrophic used to describe what might happen, it could include loss of life. (source)
- ROBIN, IREPORTER: As far as health insurance goes, I have what is called catastrophic health insurance. (source)
- What they call a catastrophic wildfire that could become almost impossible to really get control of and put out. (source)
- The companies don't know which shortcut will be catastrophic, which is why the pattern is unpredictable and chaotic. (source)
- I gather from Arnold's rebuttal that he was able to figure out what Holt meant by "cross-subsidies" in catastrophic insurance. (source)
- NICOLAS SARKOZY, FRANCE (through translator): An alternative which I call catastrophic, an Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran. (source)
- There certainly are numerous other fatal failure modes in catastrophic launch failure, but the fireball certainly need not be one of them. (source)
- Sen. James Inhofe -- This Oklahoma senator has called catastrophic global warming the "greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people." (source)
- Also, Kevin Everett, the Buffalo Bills player defied the odds in his recovery from what was describes as a catastrophic collision on the field. (source)
- The Arab League formed a committee to look into what it called the "catastrophic and the sad situation in Syria," the league said in a statement today. (source)
- The Energy Department has warned that a successful attack against critical control systems "may result in catastrophic physical or property damage and loss." (source)
- This insurance would include what we now call catastrophic coverage, would pay for expensive treatment of chronic diseases, and cover end-of-life care if needed. (source)
- But Hook's first touch proved catastrophic from a Welsh perspective, as his intended pass to Roberts drifted straight to de Villiers, who effortlessly collected the gift. (source)
- Ndayikengurukiye said he had also come to Arusha for the first time to alert the international community to what he called a catastrophic humanitarian situation in Burundi. (source)
- Tampa police arrested an expelled student after thwarting what they called a "catastrophic" plot to set off a bomb at his former high school next week, authorities said Wednesday. (source)
- Total fire bans will be implemented across the state tomorrow with at least 10 regions declared "catastrophic" - the highest since the new rating was introduced about six months ago. (source)
- VARGAS: "No End in Sight" a documentary by political scientist turned filmmaker Charles Ferguson details what he calls the catastrophic mistakes made by the Bush administration in Iraq. (source)
- They're saying it could take a couple of days for that to happen, but if the winds don't cooperate, those three fires could merge and then you have what they call a catastrophic wildfire. (source)
- VARGAS: "No End In Sight", a documentary by political scientist, turned filmmaker, Charles Ferguson, details what he calls the catastrophic mistakes made by the Bush administration in Iraq. (source)
- And Visillios Porgaiziz shared this shot from Marco Polo beach, north of Athens, a safe distance from the flames, but close enough to see what he calls the catastrophic nature of the disaster. (source)
- For a start, there is the fundamental fact that China is unlikely to engage in catastrophic escalation because they, not we, are running the surplus, so they are the ones with something to lose. (source)
- CHETRY: We have an inspirational interview coming up, after only a few months after NFL player Kevin Everett suffered at the time they called a catastrophic injury to his spine, he's back on his feet. (source)
- The Army Corps of Engineers says there has been what it called a catastrophic break at a lock along the Ohio River, the lock helped regulate river levels allowing boats and barges to get around the dams. (source)
- The president did acknowledge that there were bits of information that were not shared that should have been shared, and that this was really a catastrophic -- he called catastrophic breach of security here. (source)
- When the Second World War broke out, this short-sightedness nearly resulted in catastrophic defeat and caused Britain to need to borrow heavily from the United States, as defense spending shot up to 60% of GDP. (source)
- He said that although most of the state's safety was "of great concern", the far west and upper and lower central plains had been classified as catastrophic, meaning their fire rating was "off the charts" - above 100. (source)
- Highly respected major academic think tanks like the Brookings Institution have failed miserably in recognizing the long term catastrophic consequences of a long term non-disclosure policy that has now lasted over 60 years. (source)
- SMITH: Well, the consequences of Iran getting a nuclear capacity, both for the region and for the world, effectively is catastrophic, which is why all of the international community has got to put maximum effort and pressure on Iran. (source)
- However, if these two "perfect storms" happen to be political in nature, the term catastrophic may be a bit over the top, that is, unless the eyes of both storms happen to contain United States Representatives, Senators and the President. (source)
- People are on their own, there is no resource in most communities, except small scale personal fund raising campaigns, to even start to help people through the devastation of paying for care for catastrophic and long term catastrophic care. (source)
- Sarkozy, not one to be outdone, pounced upon the occasion with such flourishes as: "(This two-pronged approach) is the only one that can enable us to avoid being faced with an alternative that I call catastrophic: an Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran." (source)
- It can not happen beemoh: Problems don't have to be 'catastrophic' - but of course, anyone suggesting an upside to the demise of second hand gets jumped on, too JC: Anyway, I wish I could discuss this at another time, I have errands to do ... nice talking to you beemoh. (source)
- WASHINGTON CNN -- The top military officers were on Capitol Hill Wednesday warning what one called the "catastrophic" impact of further defense cuts, and providing more detail about what potentially would get cut if a deal on the budget was not reached and automatic cuts were imposed. (source)
- These high-deductible policies are often called "catastrophic," because they exclude run-of-the mill illnesses and mishaps while providing the healthcare consumer with coverage for more expensive conditions and treatments that can otherwise wreak havoc on your wallet and entire family. (source)
- Since many Americans assume incorrectly that Iran and Iraq are very similar, before describing the economic implications of attacking Iran, let us first briefly consider the differences between the two nations, and recall the catastrophic consequences of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. (source)
- In August of 2007, Nicolas Sarkozy addressing France's ambassadorial corps, praised diplomatic initiatives by Western powers pushing for tougher sanctions on Iran, as the approach "that can enable us to avoid being faced with an alternative that I call catastrophic: an Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran." (source)
- The EU did not act to save the Palestinians but to save itself and its security and interests and then save Israel from itself after the EU leaders realized the immediate and long term catastrophic consequences resulting from this aggression at a time when the Western world is facing losing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, total economic collapse, and predictions of waves of violence and terror. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 45 example sentences provided below is 42.0, which suggests that "catastrophic" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 8 synonyms for catastrophic.
calamitous, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, catastrophal, disastrous, fatal, ruinous, tragic
We have 5 antonyms for catastrophic.
advantageous, blessed, fortunate, happy, successful
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of catastrophic from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Of, relating to, or involving a catastrophe.
- (adjective) Involving or resulting in substantial, often ruinous medical expense: a catastrophic illness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Of or pertaining to a catastrophe.
- (adjective) Disastrous; ruinous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Of a pertaining to a catastrophe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Pertaining to or of the nature of a catastrophe; cataclysmic.
- (None) Relating to or in conformity with the views of the catastrophists; cataclysmal.
- (None) Subversive in a momentous degree of settled usage or law.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin