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  1. A sudden, violent event.
  2. A sudden and violent change in the earth's crust.
  3. A great flood.
    Etymology: French cataclysme, from Latinized Greek cataclysmos, from Ancient Greek (kataklysmos) "deluge, flood", from (kataklyzo) "to dash over, flood, deluge, inundate ", from (kata) "downwards, towards" + (klyzo) "to wash off, to wash away, to dash over".

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