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.

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disastrously ADV-GRADED ADV adj/prep, ADV with v

The vegetable harvest is disastrously behind schedule...

Their scheme went disastrously wrong.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe something as disastrous, you mean that it was very unsuccessful.

England's cricketers have had another disastrous day.

...after their disastrous performance in the general election of 1906.

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disastrously ADV-GRADED ADV adj, ADV with v

...debts resulting from the company's disastrously timed venture into property development.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • 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 — 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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