calamitous

adjective
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 An entire regional population was forced to abandon their homes by a calamitous confluence of drought and The Great Depression. Steve West, sun-sentinel.com, 3 June 2021 But just as often, there may be room to shepherd changes in a less calamitous direction. Zoë Schlanger New York Times, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 But just as often, there may be room to shepherd changes in a less calamitous direction. Zoë Schlanger New York Times, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 But just as often, there may be room to shepherd changes in a less calamitous direction. New York Times, 18 May 2021 But just as often, there may be room to shepherd changes in a less calamitous direction. BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2021 Negotiations were already unsuccessful before the calamitous national and local events of the last year. oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2021 As is the case for other countries with populist leaders, the Covid-19 pandemic has proven to be an unwelcome and calamitous surprise in Mexico. Nathaniel Parish Flannery, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 The Trauma of the Castaway Being shipwrecked is one of the most calamitous experiences that can happen to a human. Luc-christophe Guillerm, Scientific American, 16 Apr. 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Calamitous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calamitous. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for calamitous

calamitous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of calamitous

formal : causing great harm or suffering

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