di·sas·trous | \di-ˈzas-trəs also -ˈsas- \

Definition of disastrous 

1 : attended by or causing suffering or disaster : calamitous a disastrous flood

2 : terrible, horrendous a disastrous score

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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.
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Several immigration policy changes under the Trump administration have left them deterred from or unable to practice medicine in the U.S. — which could be disastrous for a health care system already in the midst of a growing physician shortage. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Trump's Immigration Policies Are Making It Harder for Foreign Doctors to Work in the U.S. — And That Could Hurt Patients," 8 June 2018 That could result in a two-Democrat runoff in November, which in turn could be disastrous for national Republican hopes of holding the House. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Top California Republican urges Travis Allen to endorse rival John Cox," 24 May 2018 It’s hard to imagine anything that could have been more disastrous for the American journalism at this precarious moment than the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Michelle Wolf's truth bombs aren't the only thing America's elite journalists don't get | Will Bunch," 30 Apr. 2018 The prospect that Trump might fire Mueller was met with fierce responses from Democrats and some Republicans, who warned that such a move would be disastrous for the White House. Anchorage Daily News, "Raid on Trump’s lawyer sought records of payments to women," 10 Apr. 2018 Irving was traded before the season began in a disastrous deal. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Tyronn Lue's leave of absence makes Cavaliers' title climb steeper: Bill Livingston (photos)," 19 Apr. 2017 Build-a-Bear Workshop is giving away free coupons to customers after its disastrous Pay Your Age Day event at stores on Thursday and launched a new pandemonium-free promotion. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Build-a-Bear Workshop gives away free coupons, launches new Pay Your Age Day promotion," 13 July 2018 One of the plaintiffs, Seth Crossno, helped chronicle the disastrous Bahamian event on Twitter. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Fyre Fest Founder Billy McFarland Loses $5M Lawsuit to Two Attendees," 3 July 2018 Such a scenario would be disastrous to say the least. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Cape Town Wants to Tow an Iceberg to Solve Its Water Shortage," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of disastrous

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of disastrous

: causing great suffering or loss

: very bad or unfortunate


di·sas·trous | \diz-ˈas-trəs \

Kids Definition of disastrous

1 : causing great suffering or loss

2 : very bad a disastrous performance

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evasion of direct action or statement

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