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 The fallout from Prince Andrew's disastrous BBC interview about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein continues. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Buckingham Palace Confirms That Prince Andrew Is Stepping Back From All 230 of His Patronages," 25 Nov. 2019 The Spurs could head home from an otherwise disastrous road trip thankful that, even a month later, the Knicks remained the Knicks. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "For ailing Spurs, Knicks prove just the cure," 23 Nov. 2019 The results have been disastrous for Gaza’s 2m people: thousands dead and tens of thousands of homes destroyed. The Economist, "A kaleidoscope of possibilities The politics surrounding an assassination and its aftermath in Gaza," 14 Nov. 2019 This unprecedented situation for the area has had disastrous consequences for the local economy and the health of its residents. Nuits Balnéaires, Quartz Africa, "A photographer captured how unprecedented floods ravaged a World Heritage site in Côte d’Ivoire," 11 Nov. 2019 Three years on, India is yet to recover from the disastrous policy move that did nothing to fix the black money problem. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "What Indians think of demonetisation, three years after the jolt," 7 Nov. 2019 The president’s election three years ago has been disastrous for Virginia Republicans, particularly in growing suburban areas. Alan Suderman, Twin Cities, "‘Virginia is officially blue’: Democrats win full control of statehouse," 5 Nov. 2019 Wednesday night’s game was disastrous even before Curry went down. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "With Stephen Curry’s injury, Warriors’ season takes turn for the worse," 30 Oct. 2019 Brexit could mean reinstating a non-porous border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, but after years of sectarian conflict in the region, that outcome could be disastrous. Cassie Werber, Quartz, "How Brexit is changing the English language," 29 Oct. 2019

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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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4 Dec 2019

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“Disastrous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disastrously. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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How to pronounce disastrous (audio)

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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