Definition of catastrophist in English:

catastrophist

adjective & noun

Geology
  • See catastrophism

    • ‘But they believed that much of the geological record was formed quickly and catastrophically, as the early nineteenth-century catastrophists had believed.’
    • ‘No geologic catastrophist, Rousseau tried to portray nature's ‘deep time‘: the very slow changes that accompany more visible seasonal variations.’’
    • ‘Most years - according to the coherent catastrophists - the Earth's orbit crosses that of the Taurid Complex at a point where there is little debris, resulting in a pre-Christmas spectacle and little else.’
    • ‘He examined the site to learn about floods and mountain formation, thus drawing the event into a debate between gradualists and catastrophists.’
    • ‘He suggests that gradualist and catastrophist theories might be reconciled through the theory of nonlinear dynamics, which allows both slow, small changes and rapid, big ones within the same system.’

Pronunciation

catastrophist

/kəˈtastrəfɪst/