adjective Date: 1594 1. attended by or causing suffering or disaster ; calamitous <
a disastrous flood
2. terrible, horrendous <
a disastrous score
disastrously adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Disastrous — Dis*as trous, a. [Cf. F. d[ e]sastreux. See {Disaster}.] 1. Full of unpropitious stellar influences; unpropitious; ill boding. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The moon In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Attended with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disastrous — I adjective all destroying, annihilative, appalling, bad, baneful, blighting, calamitosus, calamitous, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, catastrophic, crushing, damaging, deadly, deleterious, demolishing, desolating, destroying, destructive, detrimental …   Law dictionary

  • disastrous — 1580s, ill starred, from Fr. désastreux (16c.), from désastre (see DISASTER (Cf. disaster)) or from It. desastroso. Meaning calamitous is from c.1600. Related: Disastrously …   Etymology dictionary

  • disastrous — *unlucky, ill starred, ill fated, unfortunate, calamitous, luckless, hapless Analogous words: malign, *sinister, baleful: unpropitious, inauspicious, *ominous, portentous, fateful …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disastrous — should be pronounced as three syllables (di zah strǝs), not as four (di zah stǝ rǝs) …   Modern English usage

  • disastrous — [adj] detrimental, devastating adverse, calamitous, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, catastrophic, destructive, dire, dreadful, fatal, fateful, hapless, harmful, ill fated, ill starred, luckless, ruinous, terrible, tragic, unfavorable, unfortunate,… …   New thesaurus

  • disastrous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) causing great damage. 2) informal highly unsuccessful. DERIVATIVES disastrously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • disastrous — [di zas′trəs, di zäs′trəs, ] also [dis as′trəs, dis äs′trəs] adj. [Fr désastreux] of the nature of a disaster; causing great harm, damage, etc.; calamitous disastrously adv …   English World dictionary

  • disastrous — adj. 1) disastrous to 2) disastrous to + inf. (it would be disastrous to wait) * * * [dɪ zɑːstrəs] disastrous to disastrous to + inf. (it would be disastrous to wait) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • disastrous — [[t]dɪzɑ͟ːstrəs, zæ̱s [/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A disastrous event has extremely bad consequences and effects. ...the recent, disastrous earthquake... The effect on coffee prices has been disastrous for the producers. Syn: terrible Derived words:… …   English dictionary

  • disastrous — di|sas|trous [dıˈza:strəs US dıˈzæ ] adj very bad, or ending in failure ▪ a disastrous first marriage disastrous effects/consequences/results ▪ Climate change could have disastrous effects on Earth. ▪ The move proved disastrous (=was disastrous)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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