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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Recent Examples on the Web As the Biden administration launched indirect talks in Vienna on Tuesday with the hopes of reviving the disastrous Obama-era Iranian nuclear deal, a spokesman for the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism preemptively declared victory. The Editors, National Review, "Iran Has a Reason to Be Happy with Biden," 7 Apr. 2021 There were a couple of disastrous performances — Richards’s and Josh Taylor’s Sunday, namely — but the bigger problem is that the pitching was let down by the offense and defense. BostonGlobe.com, "How worried should we be about the Red Sox’ 0-3 start?," 5 Apr. 2021 So, the inspiration of the ECHO Program has been to avoid disastrous consequences by building a better early warning system that is also more accurate and believable. Heather Wishart-smith, Forbes, "An Early Warning System For Disease: An Interview With DARPA’s Epigenetics Program Manager," 5 Apr. 2021 How about a disastrous immigrant experience involving underachieving chicken sexers in Reagan-era America? Joe Queenan, WSJ, "When Did Hollywood Get So Gloomy?," 2 Apr. 2021 Hoping to impress a beautiful divorcee, a man takes her two mischievous children on a disastrous road trip. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021 WeWork is now going public in a new merger, two years after its first disastrous attempt ended in controversy, financial loss, and Neumann’s unceremonious removal. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "The Saga Of Adam Neumann & WeWork, Explained As Simply As Humanly Possible," 2 Apr. 2021 In the wake of Trump’s reëlection defeat and the disastrous end of his Presidency, fewer Republicans today compare him to their hero Reagan. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Is Biden Really the Second Coming of F.D.R. and L.B.J.?," 1 Apr. 2021 Fundamentalism makes for disastrous policy and for didactic, forgettable art — for propaganda, really. Stefan Beck, Washington Examiner, "If the truth is obvious, why don't we agree?," 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of disastrous

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of disastrous was in 1594

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10 Apr 2021

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“Disastrous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disastrous. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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