catastrophekəˈtæs trə fi
calamity, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy, cataclysm (noun)
an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
"the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
catastrophe, disaster (noun)
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"
catastrophe, cataclysm (noun)
a sudden violent change in the earth's surface
Any large and disastrous event of great significance.
A disaster beyond expectations
The dramatic event that initiates the resolution of the plot in a tragedy.
A type of bifurcation, where a system shifts between two stable states.
Catastrophe is a short play by Samuel Beckett, written in French in 1982 at the invitation of A.I.D.A. and “[f]irst produced in the Avignon Festival … Beckett considered it ‘massacred.’” It is one of his few 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.