Definition of calamitous
: being, causing, or accompanied by calamity calamitous events a calamitous earthquake
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 of calamitous from the Web
Erika was a finalist for her sprawling tale of Nestle’s calamitous response to a food-safety crisis with its monumentally popular instant-noodle packages in India.
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration officials should not be held personally liable for the detention and harsh treatment of illegal immigrants in the calamitous days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
The leakfest is a boon to journalists covering this administration, but calamitous incompetence is something of an impediment to running the most powerful nation on earth.
Rather than build to a calamitous ending, as previous seasons have done, the first episode opens in the midst of mayhem and never lets up.
Flèksyon misk: The Haitian population has boomed in South Florida, especially following the calamitous 2010 earthquake.
Two calamitous decisions made by the Americans (dissolving the Iraqi Army and banning members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party from positions of authority) would prove fateful.
The mosque and the souk, along with much of the Old City, suffered calamitous harm during the more than four years that this former Silk Road hub was divided between opposition fighters and forces loyal to the government of President Bashar Assad.
Nearly eleven million people plumped for her, despite what was generally decreed to be a calamitous performance in the May 3rd debate with Macron.
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CALAMITOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of calamitous for English Language Learners
: causing great harm or suffering
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