Pronounced: MY-kroh-burst, noun

Notes: This word is much more specific than I thought it was.

Yesterday’s word

The word eucatastrophe means, as you may have guessed, “a happy ending” – especially one in which, instead of an impending disaster, a sudden turn leads to a favorable resolution of the story.


I figured that most readers would recognize that this is just the word catastrophe with eu- (good) prepended. It’s all from Greek roots; in addition to eu-, it is also made up of kata (down), and strophe (turning). Thus, literally, “a good down-turning”. Nevertheless, I added this word because it was coined by the well-known author J. R. R. Tolkien.

First usage

This word was first used in 1944

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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