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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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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The story includes references to several iconic scenes in the movie, like when the Griswolds struggle to find the perfect Christmas tree, Aunt Bethany wraps up her cat (which is a dog in John's piece), and Catherine's disastrous turkey. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Every Weird Thing You Never Realized About National Lampoon's 'Christmas Vacation'," 2 Dec. 2018 From the very beginning of this disastrous season, the Orioles were a chemistry experiment gone horribly wrong. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: During season on the brink, Orioles are losing the head games, too," 14 July 2018 Microsoft plans to go slowly and carefully to avoid a repeat of the disastrous rollout of the October 2018 Update, which was re-released in November after the original update overwrote files on a small number of PCs. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft will ship the Windows 10 May 2019 Update in late May, giving you power over updates," 4 Apr. 2019 Having a perpetrator in the White House and on the Supreme Court is traumatizing for many women, and sends a disastrous message that women are not protected by those at the top. Tanya Selvaratnam, Glamour, "Why Candice Russell Had No Choice But Take Her Case to the Media," 2 Apr. 2019 The repercussions of this snub are potentially disastrous. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet," 25 Jan. 2019 The series is phenomenal, made even better with writer Holly Raychelle Hughes' painfully personal essays about how emotionally disastrous a career in Hollywood can be. Beth Thames, AL.com, "We like cats because, like us, they're attracted to comfort," 1 Mar. 2018 In a speech to Venezuela’s exile community in South Florida on Monday, Trump warned Venezuela’s military that standing by Maduro could bring disastrous consequences. Fabiola Sanchez, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Venezuela opposition’s fight to win over troops," 20 Feb. 2019 Near-Earth asteroids can potentially collide with Earth, with disastrous consequences. Fox News, "Meteorites on Earth may come from just a handful of early lost worlds," 4 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 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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one that collects or salvages junk

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