VCR Lesson 6 Presentation

By Jacob Culler

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An example of a __________ can be found in the extinction of the dinosaurs.
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What Is The Word?

Cataclysm (n.)


Definition-

A disaster or catastrophe on such a large scale that biological, environmental, or cultural elements are permanently altered or irreparably lost to the earth.


Other Forms Of The Word

Cataclysmal (adj.)

-Severely destructive


Cataclysmic (adj.)

-Severely destructive

Roots

Kata <G. "down"


Kluzein <G. "to wash"

Synonyms

  • Catastrophe
  • Convulsion
  • Calamity
  • Deluge

Antonyms

  • Blessing
  • Boon
  • Happiness
  • Miracle

Practice

Choose the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold-faced type is used incorrectly.


a) The cataclysm resulted in the extinction of all marine life on earth.


b) A meteor has the potential to be cataclysmic, depending on its size.


c) The whole play was a cataclysm, no one remembered any of their lines.


d) The cataclysmal flood covered the entire planet and eliminated all of man kind.