ca·​lam·​i·​tous kə-ˈla-mə-təs How to pronounce calamitous (audio)
: being, causing, or accompanied by calamity
calamitous events
a calamitous earthquake
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
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Word History


see calamity

First Known Use

1545, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calamitous was in 1545

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“Calamitous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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ca·​lam·​i·​tous kə-ˈlam-ət-əs How to pronounce calamitous (audio)
: causing or accompanied by calamity
calamitous events
calamitously adverb
calamitousness noun

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