ca·​lam·​i·​tous | \ kə-ˈla-mə-təs How to pronounce calamitous (audio) \

Definition of calamitous

: being, causing, or accompanied by calamity calamitous events a calamitous earthquake

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Other Words from calamitous

calamitously adverb

Examples of calamitous in a Sentence

the calamitous state of the nation's economy a calamitous decision to sell their products online exclusively ruined the business
Recent Examples on the Web Scientists insist that climate change has acerbated already ripe conditions for calamitous fires, while critics have contended that such devastation is nothing new to the Australian landscape. Fox News, "Climate change or poor policy? As Australia’s wildfires see some relief, the blame game ascends," 17 Jan. 2020 By then, the Wolverines had survived a scare against Army and suffered a calamitous loss to Wisconsin. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football starting QB race among things to watch for 2020," 3 Jan. 2020 WeWork’s calamitous fall from a $47 billion valuation to real-estate scrapyard came with a slew of casualties in the design world. Margaret Rhodes, Fortune, "The Luminaries—Past and Present—Reimagining the Modern Office," 30 Dec. 2019 Some scientists recognized the kaikōmako as invaluable, a piece of New Zealand’s biological heritage one calamitous storm away from vanishing. Bradley White, National Geographic, "The story of the world’s loneliest tree," 24 Dec. 2019 The pollution, which primarily impacts low income communities, includes methane and gas leaks during extraction as well as the calamitous amounts of plastic floating around in the oceans and in landfills, the petitioners said. Peter Fimrite,, "Environmental groups ban together to demand action on plastics from EPA," 3 Dec. 2019 Will Britain avoid a possibly calamitous no-deal Brexit? Washington Post, "Uncertainties escalate for Fed as it weighs another rate cut," 23 Oct. 2019 At the back, three of the mostly calamitous back four that started the season could be usurped - with Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding back., "Arsenal May Sit Third in the Premier League Table - But Perspective Is Key," 13 Oct. 2019 Concerns about a potentially calamitous attack from Russia or elsewhere began to subside even as government agencies, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, remained on alert. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "No Significant Foreign Interference Seen on Midterm Vote," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of calamitous

1545, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calamitous

see calamity

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The first known use of calamitous was in 1545

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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Calamitous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of calamitous

formal : causing great harm or suffering

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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