ca·lam·i·tous | \ kə-ˈla-mə-təs \

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

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For the first time in more than seven years, the Syrian government raised its flag Thursday over Daraa, the first city to revolt against President Bashar Assad in 2011 and plunge the country into its calamitous civil war. Washington Post, "Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt," 12 July 2018 Following their 3-1 Champions League final defeat at the hands of Real Madrid, Liverpool have been left searching for a new goalkeeper for the upcoming season after two calamitous mistakes from current number one Loris Karius cost the Reds in Kiev., "Liverpool Goalkeeping Coach Sent on Scouting Mission as Reds Continue Search for a New Shot Stopper," 2 July 2018 The regular person is Joe Turner (Max Irons, in a part previously occupied by Robert Redford), a CIA analyst who reports an intriguing pattern to his superiors, kicking off a chain of calamitous events. Robert Lloyd,, "With ‘Condor,’ the classic Robert Redford thriller gets a TV reboot," 4 June 2018 Lionel Messi’s penalty miss in the 1-1 draw with Iceland on matchday one in Group D sparked the fire, and the calamitous 3-0 defeat to Croatia which followed seemingly engulfed the house around the South Americans., "Papering Over the Cracks: Why Argentina's Win Over Nigeria Won't Inspire La Celeste to WC Glory," 28 June 2018 First Date - May 2009 Shortly after Rihanna's very public and calamitous split from Chris Brown in 2009 after Brown's assault of the singer, Page Six reported that Drake and Rihanna were spotted at Lucky Strike in New York City. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "A Timeline of Rihanna & Drake's Complicated Relationship," 3 May 2018 David Cameron did a reverse-Peel, calling a calamitous referendum in order to settle a civil war within his party. The Economist, "The Conservative Party has trashed the basic principles of conservatism," 12 July 2018 The 24-year-old Croatian has been a big part of his national team's World Cup campaign this summer, playing four times and scoring once - his country's opening goal against Argentina, after a calamitous error by Willy Caballero., "Liverpool Among Premier League Trio Joining Spurs in Race to Sign Croatia World Cup Star," 11 July 2018 An eleventh-hour executive order doesn’t fix the calamitous harm done to thousands of children and their parents. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Astonishing Reversal Is No Solution," 20 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of calamitous

: causing great harm or suffering

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