Perfect-storm meaning

A disaster or serious difficulty produced by a chance combination of factors.
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A situation characterized by an extraordinary convergence of conditions or forces that together are favorable or conducive to a given outcome.

A perfect storm of historical events led to WWI.

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(meteorology, informal) A powerful hurricane or other major weather disturbance, especially as produced by a combination of meteorological conditions.
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(figuratively, by extension) A situation where a calamity is caused by the convergence and amplifying interaction of a number of factors.
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Origin of perfect-storm

  • After The Perfect Storm book by Sebastian Junger, which recounts the sinking of a fishing boat in a particularly violent storm
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition