One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The view or theory, similar in some respects to the earlier ideas of catastrophism, that geological features and the evolution and extinction of living organisms have been influenced to a great extent by sudden and powerful natural events occurring at intervals, rather than having been mainly the result of slow continuous processes; a modified form of catastrophism.
1930s. From neo- + catastrophism, after Russian neokatastrofizm.
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