C A T A S T R O P H E
Definitions
of
catastrophe
on
the
Web:
*
calamity:
an
event
resulting
in
great
loss
and
misfortune;
"the
whole
city
was
affected
by
the
irremediable
calamity";
"the
earthquake
was
a
disaster"
*
a
state
of
extreme
(usually
irremediable)
ruin
and
misfortune;
"lack
of
funds
has
resulted
in
a
catastrophe
for
our
school
system";
"his
policies
were
a
disaster"
*
a
sudden
violent
change
in
the
earth's
surface
wordnet.princeto
*
Catastrophe
(Gk.
katastrephein
"to
turn
around")
was
in
ancient
Greek
tragedies
the
solution
of
the
plot.
Nowadays
it
is
used
to
describe
a
disaster
on
a
larger
scale,
destroying
most
or
all
means
to
fight
it,
including
the
extinction
of
whole
societies.
en.wikipedia.org
*
Catastrophe
is
a
short
play
by
Samuel
Beckett,
written
in
1982.
Unique
in
the
Beckett
canon,
it
is
one
of
the
only
plays
to
deal
with
a
political
theme
and
(arguably)
holds
the
title
of
Beckett's
most
optimistic
work.
It
was
dedicated
to
then
imprisoned
Czech
reformer
and
playwright,
Václav
Havel.
en.wikipedia.org
*
An
event
which
loss
is
of
extraordinary
magnitude,
such
as
a
hurricane
or
tornado.
www.kellerlowry.
*
Another
term
for
catastrophe
reinsurance,
wherein
the
ceding
company
is
indemnified
by
the
reinsurer
after
a
specified
loss
amount
is
reached,
for
losses
caused
by
catastrophes.
Causes
of
loss
forms
-
The
reference
is
commonly
to
property
insurance
con-tracts
and
the
form
in
question
details
those
perils
to
which
the
coverage
will
respond.
...
www.muaco.com/en
*
is
a
sudden
large-scale,
extremely
harmful
event;
the
word
probably
originated
from
two
Greek
roots
meaning
a
"falling
star"
but
came
to
have
assigned
to
it
two
different
roots,
meaning
"down-turning"
and
applied
to
the
denouement
of
a
Greek
tragedy.
www.grazian-arch
*
An
Event
of
immense
proportions
that
has
severe
Consequences,
often
with
loss
of
life
and
a
large
proportion
of
the
organization's
assets.
www.mc2consultin
*
The
tragic
denouement,
or
unknotting
of
a
play
or
story.
library.thinkque
*
Active
only
during
catastrophes
www.giis.org/glo
*
"a
terrible
event
that
causes
a
lot
of
destruction
or
suffering"
[Longman]
"a
great
and
ususally
sudden
disaster
[Oxford]
www.terena.nl/te
*
example:
flood,
hurricane,
earthquake,
fire,
and
other
natural
disaster.
www.homesalediy.
*
the
reversal
of
the
tragic
hero’s
good
fortune
in
Greek
Tragedy
wps.ablongman.co
*
An
unexpected
severe
event
that
causes
a
loss
of
extraordinary
magnitude.
www.demesne.info
*
Conflagration,
earthquake,
windstorm,
explosion,
and
other
similar
events
that
result
in
substantial
losses.
Catastrophe
losses
(the
whole
loss
of
an
insurance
company
arising
out
of
a
single
catastrophic
event)
are
usually
protected
by
Excess
of
Loss
treaties
in
order
to
limit
any
one
such
loss
to
a
specific
amount.
www.saia.co.za/C
*
the
climactic
event
of
the
plot,
especially
of
a
tragedy.
www.io.com/~eigh
*
An
unexpected,
severe
disaster
that
causes
a
significant
loss.
www.homeowners-i
*
the
resolution
of
the
plot
of
a
tragedy,
depicting
the
final
downfall
of
the
protagonist.
www.iolani.org/u
*
substantial
financial
impact
created
by
a
severe
loss
usually
involving
many
risks.
www.patrons.com/
*
"
The
plane
crash
was
a
catastrophe"
Thanks
Brenna!
www.seattleschoo