Perfect Storm Definition

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.
Webster's New World
A disaster or serious difficulty produced by a chance combination of factors.
American Heritage

(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

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