Synonyms and Antonyms of disastrous

  1. 1 bringing about ruin or misfortune <a split-second, disastrous decision that I would forever regret> Synonyms calamitous, cataclysmal (or cataclysmic), catastrophic, damning, destructive, fatal, fateful, ruinous, unfortunateRelated Words apocalyptic (also apocalyptical); hapless, ill-fated, ill-starred, luckless; adverse, baleful, baneful, damaging, deleterious, detrimental, evil, harmful, hurtful, ill, injurious, noxious, pernicious, prejudicialNear Antonyms fluky (also flukey), fortuitous, fortunate, happy, lucky, providential; auspicious, bright, encouraging, fair, golden, heartening, hopeful, optimistic, promising, propitious, rose-colored, rosy, upbeat

  2. 2 causing or tending to cause destruction <a disastrous fire from which the town never fully recovered> Synonyms annihilatory, calamitous, cataclysmal (or cataclysmic), devastating, devastative, destructive, ruinousRelated Words antibiotic, biocidal; baleful, deadly, deathly, fatal, fell, killer, lethal, mortal, murderous, pestilent, poisonous, virulent, vital; deleterious, detrimental, harmful, perniciousNear Antonyms preservative, protective; constructive, creative, formative, productive; harmless, innocent, innocuous, inoffensive; ameliorative, helpful, useful; healthful, healthy, nonfatal, nonlethal, salubrious, wholesomeAntonyms nondestructive

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a harsh rebuke

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