of, relating to, or resulting from a cataclysm.
of the nature of, or having the effect of, a cataclysm:
1837, from cataclysm + -ic. Related: Cataclysmical (1857); cataclysmically.
Usually, catacombs. an underground cemetery, especially one consisting of tunnels and rooms with recesses dug out for coffins and tombs. the Catacombs, the subterranean burial chambers of the early Christians in and near Rome, Italy. an underground passageway, especially one full of twists and turns. Historical Examples So thick was this door, so impenetrable, that […]
catacrotism catacrotism ca·tac·ro·tism (kə-tāk’rə-tĭz’əm) n. A condition of the pulse in which there are one or more secondary expansions of the artery following the main beat, producing upward notches or waves on the downstroke of the pulse tracing. cat’a·crot’ic (kāt’ə-krŏt’ĭk) adj.
to remove the testes of; emasculate; geld. to remove the ovaries of. Psychology. to render impotent, literally or metaphorically, by psychological means, especially by threatening a person’s masculinity or femininity. to deprive of strength, power, or efficiency; weaken: Without those ten new submarines, our navy will be castrated. a castrated person or animal. verb (transitive) […]
a male singer, especially in the 18th century, castrated before puberty to prevent his soprano or contralto voice range from changing. Contemporary Examples The Daily Pic: In his portrait of a castrato, Andrea Sacchi let a well-hung Apollo make up for the singer’s loss. NSFW, in 1641? Blake Gopnik September 15, 2013 In his portrait […]