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 Dictionary entry overview: What does catastrophic mean? 

CATASTROPHIC (adjective)
  The adjective CATASTROPHIC has 1 sense:

1. extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin

  Familiarity information: CATASTROPHIC used as an adjective is very rare.

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CATASTROPHIC (adjective)

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Extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin


catastrophic; ruinous

Context examples:

a catastrophic depression / catastrophic illness / a ruinous course of action


harmful (causing or capable of causing harm)

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