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

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 For those in the ticket resale industry, there has been a pause while the formerly dominant StubHub has been digesting a merger undertaken just prior to a calamitous pause in live events, followed by a painful regulatory fight in the UK. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Unlike Thursday night’s nearly calamitous series-opener, the Dodgers bullpen held it together, as well, with Alex Vesia extinguishing the Giants’ biggest threat by stranding a couple runners in the top of the eighth. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2022 Viewers said the thoughtful gesture by passersby has warmed their hearts and restored their faith in humanity amid calamitous times. Byhyerim Lee, ABC News, 19 July 2022 The Iran-contra affair remains the defining scandal of the late Reagan era, but the Wedtech case was similarly calamitous. New York Times, 29 May 2022 Throughout American history, the U.S. government’s policies toward Native Americans have been calamitous. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 June 2022 Then came Armond Budish, whose time in office has been calamitous. cleveland, 4 June 2022 Encampments like the one in the underpass lay bare decades of calamitous decisions by planners, politicians and health and housing authorities. New York Times, 14 June 2022 In 1917, a calamitous explosion in Halifax harbor levelled the Nova Scotia city, while claiming more than 1700 lives. Ben Croll, Variety, 19 June 2022 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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“Calamitous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calamitous. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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