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Examples of disaster in a Sentence
The program examined several bridge failures and other engineering disasters.
The new regulations could be a disaster for smaller businesses.
They're trying to find a way to avoid disaster.
The dinner party was a complete disaster.
Recent Examples of disaster from the Web
The jail space over LMPD is a disaster waiting to happen.
But in another world, the world of pro-Palestinian commentators and activists, the results were a disaster.
Ben Unger, the fiery outgoing executive director of the progressive political group, Our Oregon, said the primary was a disaster for Buehler.
Buck Showalter and Danny Tartabull The Chaperone, season 6, episode 1 Who knew getting the Yankees to change the material of their uniforms would be such a disaster.
Now, the Hawaii eruption has been a disaster for the state and residents of the the Big Island, and people may argue there’s something wrong about Phoenix’s campaign trying to capitalize on a tragedy.
The absence of this trust is a disaster to a city street.
Searching For Peter Abernathy In the near future timeline, Bernard, Stubbs and Strand all converge upon the Mesa, though they're informed ahead of time that the place is still a disaster from the revolution's initial outburst.
Star's growth doesn't have to be a disaster for traffic and air quality in the Treasure Valley.
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Did You Know?
Disaster has its roots in the belief that the positions of stars influence the fate of humans, often in destructive ways; its original meaning in English was "an unfavorable aspect of a planet or star." The word comes to us through Middle French and the Old Italian word disastro, from the Latin prefix dis- and Latin astro, meaning "star." Another unfortunate word that comes to us from astrological beliefs is "ill-starred." Now generally used in the sense of "unlucky" or "having or destined to a hapless fate," "ill-starred" was originally used literally to describe someone born under or guided by an evil star. We also have star-crossed, meaning "not favored by the stars" or "ill-fated."
DISASTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disaster for English Language Learners
: something (such as a flood, tornado, fire, plane crash, etc.) that happens suddenly and causes much suffering or loss to many people
: something that has a very bad effect or result
: a complete or terrible failure
DISASTER Defined for Kids
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