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of, relating to, or resulting from a cataclysm.
of the nature of, or having the effect of, a cataclysm:
cataclysmic changes.
Contemporary Examples

Some writers have greeted the cataclysmic rise of Twitter with alarm.
Unconsidered Trifles: Found Comedy in the Age of Social Media Tom Doran March 29, 2013

But compared to U.S. politics, Canadian politics is abrupt and cataclysmic.
Why Doesn’t Canada Have a Two Party System? David Frum October 5, 2012

The current issue crystallizing the problem is the cataclysmic game of chicken that D.C. is playing with the debt ceiling.
Has the Third Party’s Moment Arrived? John Avlon June 30, 2011

It was the cataclysmic collision of spitfire upstart performer, brilliant pop song, and cheeky music video.
Britney Spears’s ‘…Baby One More Time’ Turns 15: The Making of an Iconic Music Video Kevin Fallon October 22, 2013

After that cataclysmic experience, the young artist decided to pursue her ambitions and has been prolific since.
Malina Suliman, Afghanistan’s Graffiti Queen Zeenat Nagree March 8, 2013

Historical Examples

Brazil seems to have come through the cataclysmic period of the war in better style than might have been expected.
All About Coffee William H. Ukers

And of course, at this critical moment, there arrived the cataclysmic letter from Stair.
Patsy S. R. Crockett

The cataclysmic power of that little bomb should be more than a match for even this monster.
Astounding Stories, May, 1931 Various

At once it seemed as if some cataclysmic upheaval were in progress.
Kings in Exile Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts

cataclysmic changes were taking place in the soul of Martin Wade.
Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius


1837, from cataclysm + -ic. Related: Cataclysmical (1857); cataclysmically.


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