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

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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.
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Neal signed with the Calgary Flames that summer and the results have been disastrous. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Winners and losers: NHL free agent signings have produced mixed results in recent years," 26 June 2019 The proposal at issue is disastrous; in a misguided effort to solve New York City’s affordable-housing crisis, Democrats in Albany are threatening to seriously damage the city’s housing supply and the quality of existing buildings. James Sutton, National Review, "New York’s Insane Rent-Reform Package Will Make the Housing Market Worse for Everyone," 14 June 2019 The party’s recent electoral performance has been disastrous. The Economist, "The question is not who will lead the Conservative Party, but whether it will survive," 13 June 2019 In retrospect, the decision not to do more to publicize Russian interference was disastrous. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "If Trump Belongs in Jail, Democrats Should Impeach Him," 6 June 2019 Goff spent one disastrous season at Alabama after being hired as Mitch Gaspard’s replacement in June 2016. Rainer Sabin | Rsabin@al.com, al.com, "Former Alabama baseball coach appointed head coach at Big Ten school," 13 June 2019 But rather than dying down, the succulent craze has gone global, with potentially disastrous effects. Antonia Noori Farzan, The Denver Post, "Popular succulents are being stolen from California parks and sold on the black market," 12 June 2019 And lawmakers have their hands full with their own assignment, frequently tweaking the system’s benefit design over the years, sometimes with disastrous financial effect. oregonlive.com, "Will PERS Board follow lawmakers’ lead on pension reform, or buck them?," 5 June 2019 Even a few dry days in Cienega Creek could be disastrous for wildlife like the topminnow. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019

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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 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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