how to pronounce catastrophe


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catastrophe is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of catastrophe in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… understate this catastrophe while it's …”

meanings of catastrophe


  1. The dramatic event that initiates the resolution of the plot; the dénouement.
  2. Any large and disastrous event of great significance.
  3. A type of bifurcation, where a system shifts between two stable states.
  4. A disaster beyond expectations.

catastrophe frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word catastrophe occurs in english on average 4.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics catastrophe can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that catastrophe can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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