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Catastrophe

CATASTROPHE , a term of the ancient Greek drama for the change in the plot which leads up to the conclusion. The word is thus used of any sudden change, particularly of a violent or disastrous nature, and in geology of a cataclysm or great convulsion of the earth's surface.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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