disastrous

  • 1Disastrous — 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

  • 2disastrous — 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

  • 3disastrous — 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

  • 4disastrous — *unlucky, ill starred, ill fated, unfortunate, calamitous, luckless, hapless Analogous words: malign, *sinister, baleful: unpropitious, inauspicious, *ominous, portentous, fateful …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5disastrous — should be pronounced as three syllables (di zah strǝs), not as four (di zah stǝ rǝs) …

    Modern English usage

  • 6disastrous — [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,… …

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  • 7disastrous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) causing great damage. 2) informal highly unsuccessful. DERIVATIVES disastrously adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8disastrous — [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

  • 9disastrous — 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

  • 10disastrous — [[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

  • 11disastrous — 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

  • 12disastrous — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove ▪ become ADVERB ▪ absolutely, completely, quite, truly, utter …

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  • 13disastrous — dis|as|trous [ dı zæstrəs ] adjective * causing a lot of damage or harm: disastrous for: The consequences of spending cuts would be disastrous for local schools. a. used about something that is very unsuccessful: a disastrous dinner party …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14disastrous */ — UK [dɪˈzɑːstrəs] / US [dɪˈzæstrəs] adjective 1) causing a lot of damage or harm disastrous for: The consequences of spending cuts would be disastrous for local schools. 2) very unsuccessful a disastrous dinner party Derived word: disastrously… …

    English dictionary

  • 15disastrous — 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

  • 16disastrous — adjective very bad, or ending in failure: Warrington s disastrous early marriage | Chemical leaks have had a disastrous effect on wildlife. disastrously adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17disastrous — [dɪˈzɑːstrəs] adj very bad, harmful, or unsuccessful The spending cuts would be disastrous for schools.[/ex] a disastrous start to the meeting[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18disastrous — adjective (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin (Freq. 6) the stock market crashed on Black Friday a calamitous defeat the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign such doctrines, if true, would&#8230; …

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  • 19disastrous — disastrously, adv. disastrousness, n. /di zas treuhs, zah streuhs/, adj. 1. causing great distress or injury; ruinous; very unfortunate; calamitous: The rain and cold proved disastrous to his health. 2. Archaic. foreboding disaster. [1580 90; <&#8230; …

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  • 20disastrous — adjective a series of disastrous floods Syn: catastrophic, calamitous, cataclysmic, tragic; devastating, ruinous, harmful, dire, terrible, awful, shocking, appalling, dreadful; black, dark, unfortunate, unlucky, ill fated …

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