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I am looking for a word ( a compound word or phrase would be acceptable) that describes a negative event that may take place in the future. However, I was unable to find such a word in the prominent online thesaurus or dictionary.

For instance, this year a number of countries the world over were forced to impose lock downs to stop the spread of the ongoing corona virus pandemic. What word can be used to describe a negative event like the corona virus pandemic that may occur in the future?

Sample Sentence: A _ like the 2020 corona virus pandemic might occur in the future.

So I can fill that blank with the words negative event. A negative event like the 2020 corona virus pandemic might occur in the future.

In place of the words negative event I am looking for a word that describes such an event that might occur in the future.

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  • Synonyms of 'catastrophe' / 'disaster' already abound on ELU. Adding 'future' / 'future possible' doesn't make this a new request. Commented Nov 16, 2020 at 17:32
  • @EdwinAshworth: Hi, in my question I was referring to a prospective event that may take place in the future. If the event has already taken place words like catastrophe, disaster can be used. However, my question was related to a negative event that may take place in the future.
    – DSarkar
    Commented Nov 16, 2020 at 17:49
  • There is no reason to suppose that catastrophe/disaster is limited to any time past, present, or future. Commented Nov 16, 2020 at 18:54
  • The trouble is that you are getting (and will doubtless get more if the question is re-opened) answers that are merely hypernyms, synonyms of 'disaster' / 'catastrophe' / 'tragedy'. This treats the question as one too basic for ELU. // I strongly doubt there are any words for 'possible future catastrophe', and the people voting to re-open should not do so unless they have one in mind. They can prove this in a 'comment'. Commented Nov 16, 2020 at 19:23
  • If catastrophe/disaster is not limited to any time past, present, or future then what would be a specific word to describe a potential upcoming catastrophe?
    – DSarkar
    Commented Nov 16, 2020 at 19:40

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You may use the term catastrophe:

a sudden event that causes very great trouble or destruction:

  • They were warned of the ecological catastrophe to come.

(Cambridge Dictionary )

A catastrophe like the 2020 corona virus pandemic might occur in the future.

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