catastrophic reaction cat·a·stroph·ic reaction (kāt’ə-strŏf’ĭk)
Disorganized behavior due to a severe shock or threatening situation with which the person cannot cope.
a sudden and widespread disaster: the catastrophe of war. any misfortune, mishap, or failure; fiasco: The play was so poor our whole evening was a catastrophe. a final event or conclusion, usually an unfortunate one; a disastrous end: the great catastrophe of the Old South at Appomattox. (in a drama) the point at which the […]
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: […]
the doctrine that certain vast geological changes in the earth’s history were caused by catastrophes rather than gradual evolutionary processes. Historical Examples catastrophism and uniformitarianism are opposite extremes which must be combined and reconciled. Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly, February 1900 Various catastrophism, a short-sighted teleology, and a still more short-sighted orthodoxy, joined forces to crush […]
the doctrine that certain vast geological changes in the earth’s history were caused by catastrophes rather than gradual evolutionary processes. Contemporary Examples He appears to have a catastrophist vision of Zionism and of Jewish life. What Will Change Daniel Levy May 8, 2012 Will the catastrophist diehards learn to stop worrying and accept the recovery? […]