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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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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Many of the same factors that made the Carr Fire so calamitous are fueling the Camp Fire right now. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why the Camp Fire in Northern California is so severe," 14 Nov. 2018 The risk of tipping points The report also highlights the possibility that even modest amounts of warming may push both human societies and natural ecosystems past certain thresholds where sudden and calamitous changes can occur. Nadja Popovich, The Seattle Times, "Why half a degree of global warming is a big deal," 9 Oct. 2018 Milwaukee managed to hold serve at home and stave off a calamitous fourth-quarter collapse by the outstretched finger tips of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Ben Golliver,, "Giannis Antetokounmpo's Game-Winner Ties Bucks-Celtics Series at 2-2," 22 Apr. 2018 Johnson’s putting misfortunes in Sunday’s final round at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club were not nearly so calamitous. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "U.S. Open: Dustin Johnson’s Wayward Short Game Makes for a Long Sunday," 17 June 2018 Karius, making his second appearance since his calamitous display against Los Blancos, will have been desperate for a solid, confident performance to try prove himself to his doubters., "Liverpool Fans Furious as Loris Karius Makes Another Huge Mistake in Pre-Season Friendly," 11 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of calamitous

1545, in the meaning defined above

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see calamity

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English Language Learners Definition of calamitous

: causing great harm or suffering

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