• (RP, GA) IPA: /kəˈtæstɹəfi/

catastrophe (plural catastrophes)

  1. any large and disastrous event of great significance
  2. (insurance) a disaster beyond expectations
  3. (narratology) the dramatic event that initiates the resolution of the plot; the dénouement
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii], page 286 ↗, column 2:
      Pat : he comes like the Cataſtrophe of the old Comedie : my Cue is villanous Melancholly, with a ſighe like Tom o’ Bedlam.
  4. (mathematics) a type of bifurcation, where a system shifts between two stable states
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