Catastrophic vs. Destructive

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  • Catastrophic (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a catastrophe.

  • Catastrophic (adjective)

    Disastrous; ruinous.

  • Destructive (adjective)

    Causing damaging.

  • Destructive (adjective)

    Causing breakdown or disassembly.

    "Catabolism is a destructive metabolism that involves the breakdown of molecules and release of energy."

  • Destructive (adjective)

    Lossy; causing irreversible change.

    "Blurring an image is a destructive operation, but rotating an image is not."

  • Catastrophic (adjective)

    Of a pertaining to a catastrophe.

  • Destructive (adjective)

    Causing destruction; tending to bring about ruin, death, or devastation; ruinous; fatal; productive of serious evil; mischievous; pernicious; - often with of or to; as, intemperance is destructive of health; evil examples are destructive to the morals of youth.

  • Destructive (noun)

    One who destroys; a radical reformer; a destructionist.

Webster Dictionary
  • Catastrophic (adjective)

    extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin;

    "a catastrophic depression"

    "catastrophic illness"

    "a ruinous course of action"

  • Destructive (adjective)

    causing destruction or much damage;

    "a policy that is destructive to the economy"

    "destructive criticism"

Princeton's WordNet

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