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Definition of "disastrous" []

  • Accompanied by or causing distress or disaster; calamitous. (adjective)
  • Extremely bad; terrible: a disastrous report card. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "disastrous" in a sentence
  • "While any outcome that puts Salmond and his chums into outright control of the parliament is deplored by many Scots, the word "disastrous" to describe Labour's performance is as unfair as it is inaccurate."
  • "JAMIE MCINTYRE, CNN SENIOR PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In his first public comments since General Petraeus announced and President Bush approved the new Iraq plan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said all the Joint Chefs and the U.S. central commander agree it's the best option to avoid what he called the disastrous consequences of an American failure in Iraq."
  • "In what it described as a disastrous blow for the police investigation into the car bomb explosion at Cape Town's Waterfront development on New Year's day, the Sunday Independent newspaper reported that security cameras had once again failed to capture images of the perpetrators of the crime."