What is the meaning of cataclysm?

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The definition of a cataclysm is that it is a catastrophic event that produces disaster to a monumental extent. Some cataclysmic events that are known or speculated about by modern science are the volcano eruption at Pompeii and the theorized meteorological event that led to mass extinction of prehistoric animals. Sometimes the word cataclysm is used in association with the Big Bang Theory to indicate an enormous event of massive chemical reactions that shook the foundations of what was and created what is. Cataclysm can also be used to refer to massive flooding on the scale of that memorialized in many myths and religious records. Indeed the word cataclysm, which was brought into English between 1625 and 1635, is derived from the Late Latin word cataclysmos borrowed from the Greek word kataklysm├│s meaning flood. So a cataclysm is any huge catastrophic event that devastates and destroys to a massive degree.

donaldholton | Student

cataclysm is an event that refers to different fields in different meanings. In the world of gaming it refers to the introduction of new version of games with the additional features. World of warcraft cataclysm release date is awaited by  more number of game lovers. Because the cataclysm features and the improved features make the game more enjoyable.

qwerty321456 | Student
It is cataclysm.

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