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CATASTROPHE (Gr. Karaurpoch, from Kar...

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 505 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CATASTROPHE (Gr. Karaurpoch, from KaraQrp4ecv, to over-turn), 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.
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