disastrous

adjective di·sas·trous \ di-ˈzas-trəs also -ˈsas- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of disastrous

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

disastrously

adverb

Examples of disastrous in a Sentence

  1. Half the city was destroyed by a disastrous fire.

  2. The bad weather could have a disastrous effect on the area's tourism industry.

  3. His failure to back up the computer files had disastrous consequences.

  4. The strike was economically disastrous.

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First Known Use of disastrous

1594


DISASTROUS Defined for English Language Learners

disastrous

adjective

Definition of disastrous for English Language Learners

  • : causing great suffering or loss

  • : very bad or unfortunate


DISASTROUS Defined for Kids

disastrous

adjective di·sas·trous \ diz-ˈas-trəs \

Definition of disastrous for Students

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


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