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

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Johnson likely won’t see any game action this season unless something calamitous happens to both Ehlinger and Thompson. Nick Moyle,, "Quarterback’s eyes always were upon Texas," 4 June 2019 Though no drones have brought down any commercial aircraft to date, various studies probing the impact of such a scenario have offered calamitous results. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Rogue Drone Sighting Shut Down All Fights at Dubai International," 15 Feb. 2019 But even short of a calamitous accident, many mines pose the chronic problem of relentless pollution. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "50M gallons of polluted water pours daily from US mine sites," 20 Feb. 2019 The decision to curtail production could have a calamitous effect on Airbus'A380 manufacturing unit over the next few years, which employs 3,000 to 3,500 people. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Airbus to Stop Production of the Colossal A380 as Airlines Transition to Smaller Planes," 14 Feb. 2019 Relying too heavily on traffic from search engines has proved calamitous for media companies. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Dotdash, Riding Wave of Search Traffic, Acquires New Sites," 8 Jan. 2019 In a crowning irony, the initiative carries support from Facebook and Google, two companies that hinge on mass data collection to grow their advertising businesses, and are no strangers to leaking that sensitive information in calamitous fashion. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Tim Berners-Lee Wants a 'Magna Carta' to Save the Modern Internet. He's Way Too Late.," 8 Nov. 2018 She was bound to lose, but made things even worse for herself by a calamitous performance in the climactic televised debate. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron, the resolutely modern philosopher king," 13 June 2018 After fighting to work his way back into the team, the German shot stopper suffered a calamitous performance in the Reds clash against Madrid, and infamously conceded two very avoidable goals., "Liverpool Star Underwent Head Scan Following Collision With Sergio Ramos in UCL Final," 4 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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The first known use of calamitous was in 1545

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English Language Learners Definition of calamitous

formal : causing great harm or suffering

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