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catastrophe (2 is recorded first from S.)
1. that which produces the conclusion or final event of a dramatic piece, dénouement LLL. IV. i. 78, Lr. I. ii. 150 “pat he comes, like the of the old comedy.”
2. conclusion, end All'sW. I. ii. 57 “On the catastrophe and heel of pastime.”
3. (jocularly) the posteriors (S.) 2H4 II. i. 68.
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