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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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Elsewhere, however, more calamitous scenes of foreigners being stranded following natural disasters unfolded, posing stark reminders of how unprepared the country is for such situations. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "A less polite version of Japanese is helping foreigners stay safe during disasters," 27 June 2019 This monument to Leningrad (St. Petersburg’s name in Soviet times) was inaugurated in May 1985 in memory of the calamitous 900-day siege at the hands of Nazi forces during World War II. Aanchal Anand, National Geographic, "Cathedrals, canals, and cafés: the ultimate St. Petersburg itinerary," 23 May 2019 The Baltimore Sun obtained financial documents showing the orchestra’s fiscal health is in calamitous condition. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "How the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra found itself in trouble," 17 June 2019 In the eyes of some of us, however, its impact upon the British people is calamitous at this moment in our fortunes. David Gilmour, The New York Review of Books, "Max Hastings," 4 Apr. 2019 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

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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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