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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
Schnatter admitted Wednesday afternoon to using the N-word in a clumsy comparison on the conference call, intended to train him on avoiding public relations disasters.
He is also recognized for his work chronicling disasters in what was then Biafra (today part of Nigeria), the conflict in Northern Ireland and the ravages of the AIDS epidemic across the African continent.
The conference call was an attempt to avoid future PR disasters — and ended up seriously backfiring.
The case against: The shine is off Adam Gase’s apple a bit after last year’s disaster in Miami.
It has been called the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS.
Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement could spell disaster for millions.
That status, under a 1990 federal law, allows people fleeing disasters in their homelands to live and work in the U.S. under permits that are renewed every 18 months.
Especially random is the foray into ecological disaster in the Pacific ocean.
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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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