Catastrophically



of the nature of a catastrophe, or disastrous event; calamitous:
a catastrophic failure of the dam.
Contemporary Examples

The Thunder have now punished themselves with two catastrophically dunderheaded late-game fouls in two games.
Miami Heat’s Victory Over OKC Thunder in Game 4 Signals Shorter Series Jesse Singal June 19, 2012

Flo was not just mediocre: she was catastrophically tragic, tone-deaf, screechy and, as Randy Jackson would say, “pitchy, dawg!”
Dead Cool: Florence Foster Jenkins Simon Doonan July 9, 2010

“Explosive decompression” where the fuselage breaks apart suddenly and catastrophically.
Why Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Must Have Died Instantaneously Clive Irving March 10, 2014

But forget about the tertiary side characters, the main players are also saddled with catastrophically absurd stories as well.
NBC’s ‘Smash’: Weak Writing, Terrible Characters, and Painful Subplots Jace Lacob March 25, 2012

Alpert, Hockett, and Roubini think this view is catastrophically wrong.
Three Steps to Save the World David Sessions October 11, 2011

Historical Examples

Nor in any story of mankind has the irony of God chosen the foolish things so catastrophically to confound the wise.
A Short History of England G. K. Chesterton

adj.

1824, from catastrophe + -ic. Related: Catastrophical; catastrophically.

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    to view or talk about (an event or situation) as worse than it actually is, or as if it were a catastrophe: Stop catastrophizing and get on with your life! She tends to catastrophize her symptoms.

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