[kat-uh-strof-ik] /ˌkæt əˈstrɒf ɪk/
of the nature of a , or disastrous event; calamitous:
a catastrophic failure of the dam.
1824, from catastrophe + -ic. Related: Catastrophical; catastrophically.
[kat-i-gawr-i-kuh l, -gor-] /ˌkæt ɪˈgɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈgɒr-/ adjective 1. without exceptions or conditions; absolute; unqualified and unconditional: a categorical denial. 2. Logic. 3. of, relating to, or in a category. /ˌkætɪˈɡɒrɪkəl/ adjective 1. unqualified; positive; unconditional: a categorical statement 2. relating to or included in a category 3. (logic) another word for categorial adj. […]
[kuh-thahr-tik] /kəˈθɑr tɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to . 2. Also, cathartical. evacuating the bowels; purgative. noun 3. a purgative. /kəˈθɑːtɪk/ adjective 1. purgative 2. effecting catharsis noun 3. a purgative drug or agent adj. 1610s, of medicines, from Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos “fit for cleansing, purgative,” from katharsis “purging, cleansing” (see catharsis). […]
[kath-uh-lik, kath-lik] /ˈkæθ ə lɪk, ˈkæθ lɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to a Catholic church, especially the Roman Catholic Church. 2. Theology. 3. pertaining to the Western Church. noun 4. a member of a Catholic church, especially of the . adjective 1. not of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church noun 2. a […]
[kaw-zuh l] /ˈkɔ zəl/ adjective 1. of, constituting, or implying a . 2. Grammar. expressing a , as the conjunctions because and since. /ˈkɔːzəl/ adjective 1. acting as or being a cause 2. stating, involving, or implying a cause: the causal part of the argument 3. (philosophy) (of a theory) explaining a phenomenon or analysing […]