cap·ti·vate [kap-tuh-veyt]: verb (used with object), -vat·ed, -vat·ing. 1. To attract and hold by charm, beauty, or excellence. See Synonyms at charm.
2. Archaic To capture.
cat·a·clysm [kat-uh-kliz-uhm]: noun 1. A violent upheaval that causes great destruction or brings about a fundamental change.
2. A violent and sudden change in the earth's crust.
3. A devastating flood.