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Today's word is:

catastrophe

|kəˈtastrəfē|

noun

  • An event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering; a disaster : a national economic catastrophe | leading the world to catastrophe.
  • The denouement of a drama, esp. a classical tragedy.

ORIGIN: mid 16th cent. (in the sense [denouement] ): from Latin catastropha, from Greek katastrophē 'overturning, sudden turn,' from kata- 'down' + strophē 'turning' (from strephein 'to turn' ).