di·​sas·​trous | \ di-ˈza-strəs How to pronounce disastrous (audio) also -ˈsa- \

Definition of disastrous

1 : attended by or causing suffering or disaster : calamitous a disastrous flood
2 : terrible, horrendous a disastrous score

Other Words from disastrous

disastrously adverb

Examples of disastrous in a Sentence

Half the city was destroyed by a disastrous fire. The bad weather could have a disastrous effect on the area's tourism industry. His failure to back up the computer files had disastrous consequences. The strike was economically disastrous.
Recent Examples on the Web That happened, with disastrous results, in the 1970s and seems likely to happen again. J. Howard Beales Iii And Timothy J. Muris, WSJ, 26 May 2022 In the 2016 presidential primary, the party failed just such a test of collective action with disastrous results. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 20 May 2022 The giddy response Thursday was in stark contrast to Meta's disastrous fourth-quarter results, which sent shares plummeting in early February in the biggest single-day wipeout in Wall Street history. Allison Morrow, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 The decision to cut bait on CNN+ so quickly comes on the heels of the disastrous quarterly results for streaming behemoth Netflix. Stephen Battagliostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 In fact, co-author Jonghyun Hwang, a UIUC undergraduate, actually tested this possibility at home, with disastrous results. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 16 Mar. 2022 Their obsession with a docking simulator leads to a trip on the Space Shuttle, with disastrous results. Selome Hailu, Variety, 15 Feb. 2022 Friends of yours have been hacked with disastrous results. Michael Gargiulo, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 His first two trials were disastrous, according to his longtime lawyer Don Knight. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disastrous

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Disastrous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disastrous. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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di·​sas·​trous | \ diz-ˈas-trəs How to pronounce disastrous (audio) \

Kids Definition of disastrous

1 : causing great suffering or loss
2 : very bad a disastrous performance

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