Catastrophist

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Catastrophist (Geol) One who holds the theory or catastrophism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n catastrophist One who believes in catastrophism; a cataclysmist. The term is used in geology by writers on theoretical dynamic geology as the opposite of uniformitarian, that is, of one who considers that geological causes now in action are, and have been, essentially the same from the beginning. The catastrophist maintains that there have been catastrophes, or sudden violent changes in the order of nature, such, for instance, as would cause the extermination of all forms of life upon the globe, or cover it with ice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Catastrophist a holder of the foregoing, as opposed to the uniformitarian theory
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr., kata, down, strephein, to turn.

Usage

In literature:

In this paper he boldly attacked the tenets of the Catastrophists.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
You will live to be the great chief of the Catastrophists.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II)" by Charles Darwin
As before said, we cannot wonder at the former general acceptance of Catastrophistic doctrines.
"The Ancient Life History of the Earth" by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
The one point the catastrophists and the uniformitarians agreed upon, when this Society was founded, was to ignore it.
"Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews" by Thomas Henry Huxley
Hence it maintained an opposition to the catastrophists, and in this, it may be said, was actually not true to its own principles.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
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In news:

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