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Accident vs. Catastrophe

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Accidentnoun

An unexpected event with negative consequences occurring without the intention of the one suffering the consequences.

‘to die by an accident’;

Catastrophenoun

Any large and disastrous event of great significance.

Accidentnoun

Especially, a collision or similar unintended event that causes damage or death.

‘There was a huge accident on I5 involving 15 automobiles.’; ‘My insurance went up after the second accident in three months.’;

Catastrophenoun

(insurance) A disaster beyond expectations

Accidentnoun

Any chance event.

Catastrophenoun

(narratology) The dramatic event that initiates the resolution of the plot; the dénouement.

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Accidentnoun

(uncountable) Chance.

Catastrophenoun

(mathematics) A type of bifurcation, where a system shifts between two stable states.

Accidentnoun

Any property, fact, or relation that is the result of chance or is nonessential.

‘Beauty is an accident.’;

Catastrophenoun

An event producing a subversion of the order or system of things; a final event, usually of a calamitous or disastrous nature; hence, sudden calamity; great misfortune.

‘The strange catastrophe of affairs now at London.’; ‘The most horrible and portentous catastrophe that nature ever yet saw.’;

Accidentnoun

(euphemistic) An instance of incontinence.

Catastrophenoun

The final event in a romance or a dramatic piece; a denouement, as a death in a tragedy, or a marriage in a comedy.

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Accidentnoun

(euphemistic) An unintended pregnancy.

Catastrophenoun

A violent and widely extended change in the surface of the earth, as, an elevation or subsidence of some part of it, effected by internal causes.

Accidentnoun

A quality or attribute in distinction from the substance, as sweetness, softness.

Catastrophenoun

an event resulting in great loss and misfortune;

‘the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity’; ‘the earthquake was a disaster’;

Accidentnoun

(grammar) A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, such as gender, number, or case.

Catastrophenoun

a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune;

‘lack of funds has resulted in a catastrophe for our school system’; ‘his policies were a disaster’;

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Accidentnoun

(geology) An irregular surface feature with no apparent cause.

Catastrophenoun

a sudden violent change in the earth's surface

Accidentnoun

(heraldry) A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms.

Accidentnoun

(legal) casus; such unforeseen, extraordinary, extraneous interference as is out of the range of ordinary calculation.

Accidentnoun

Appearance, manifestation.

Accidentnoun

Literally, a befalling; an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; an undesigned, sudden, and unexpected event; chance; contingency; often, an undesigned and unforeseen occurrence of an afflictive or unfortunate character; a casualty; a mishap; as, to die by an accident.

‘Of moving accidents by flood and field.’; ‘Thou cam'st not to thy place by accident:It is the very place God meant for thee.’;

Accidentnoun

A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, case.

Accidentnoun

A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms.

Accidentnoun

A property or quality of a thing which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper; an attribute.

Accidentnoun

Any accidental property, fact, or relation; an accidental or nonessential; as, beauty is an accident.

‘This accident, as I call it, of Athens being situated some miles from the sea.’;

Accidentnoun

Unusual appearance or effect.

Accidentnoun

a mishap; especially one causing injury or death

Accidentnoun

anything that happens by chance without an apparent cause

Accidentnoun

an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury

‘if you are unable to work owing to accident or sickness’; ‘he had an accident at the factory’;

Accidentnoun

a crash involving road or other vehicles

‘four people were killed in a road accident’;

Accidentnoun

an incidence of incontinence by a child or animal

‘he had a little accident, but I washed his shorts out’;

Accidentnoun

an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause

‘the pregnancy was an accident’; ‘it is no accident that Manchester has produced more than its fair share of professional comics’;

Accidentnoun

the working of fortune; chance

‘members belong to the House of Lords through hereditary right or accident of birth’;

Accidentnoun

(in Aristotelian thought) a property of a thing which is not essential to its nature.

Accident

An accident is an unintended, normally unwanted event that was not directly caused by humans. The term accident implies that nobody should be blamed, but the event may have been caused by unrecognized or unaddressed risks.

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