Meaning of disastrous in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈzɑːstrəs/

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  • 1Causing great damage.

    ‘a disastrous fire swept through the museum’
    • ‘And then humans return, and the two cultures clash with potentially disastrous consequences.’
    • ‘To entrust such commercial affairs to a non-executive board "has potentially disastrous consequences".’
    • ‘Such a war can only have the most disastrous consequences.’
    • ‘Our motivations may be pure, but the results are just as disastrous.’
    • ‘Assaults by parts of five more Union divisions proved equally disastrous.’
    • ‘Any mistake by the locks could also prove environmentally disastrous.’
    • ‘But it proved as disastrous for Yugoslavia as it did for the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘Nowadays in an even more competitive world, it would be economically disastrous for strikes to become commonplace.’
    • ‘The whole world is getting a massive overdose of female hormones and the result is absolutely disastrous to many species.’
    • ‘TV and politics have always made inevitable bedfellows, but the results have been disastrous.’
    • ‘The increase in numbers, while it distorts the demographic picture, has more disastrous effects.’
    • ‘And as models of normative desire, desire that he can never satisfy, they are equally disastrous.’
    • ‘For the same disastrous policies are being inflicted on people here in Britain.’
    • ‘All the administration can offer, however, is more of the same disastrous policy.’
    • ‘Now this statement today is only possible because we've fixed up that disastrous budget situation we inherited.’
    • ‘I always think that disastrous situations bring about the positive of great opportunities then being available to turn things around.’
    • ‘And who was responsible for the sales re-organisation with the disastrous effects on Europe?’
    • ‘If that was what Blair thought, then this was, of course, a disastrous miscalculation.’
    • ‘American policy was thus based on a disastrous miscalculation, which came home to roost at Pearl Harbor.’
    • ‘Reverting to a full troop withdrawal stance would be both pointless and disastrous in policy terms.’
    catastrophic, calamitous, cataclysmic, tragic
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    1. 1.1 informal Highly unsuccessful.
      • ‘United made a disastrous start to the season’
      • ‘My parents' marriage was not ideal but not disastrous, and certainly did not make my childhood unhappy.’
      • ‘After that disastrous start Wicklow fought back well.’
      • ‘In all, a disastrous start to a marketing concept clearly executed by greedy fools.’
      • ‘Lee agreed that his disastrous start had given him little chance of victory.’
      • ‘Not even a disastrous foray into restaurants a few years back could dent the group's core business.’
      • ‘I reasoned that this would either be a devastatingly effective or disastrous opening gambit.’
      • ‘If it's prepared well, it can be remarkable; if it is cooked horribly it can be disastrous.’
      • ‘He damaged his back in that tie to cap a disastrous year which also saw him suffer foot and knee problems.’
      • ‘We've not spoken since my last disastrous attempt at explaining myself.’
      • ‘Judging by the reviews, the film of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is as disastrous as expected.’
      • ‘Even if she did a disastrous DIY job, it would probably have looked cool and trendy.’
      • ‘It will take the losers considerable time to recover from this disastrous performance.’
      • ‘After our ultimately disastrous first attempt at using our incubator this is just the ticket.’
      • ‘Last year's foot and mouth outbreak left Beningbrough Hall with a disastrous season.’
      • ‘After two disastrous relegation seasons York will be looking to bring the glory days back to Clifton Park.’
      • ‘Borough came back from a disastrous start to get a point in a topsy-turvy encounter at Runcorn on Tuesday.’
      • ‘I made a small speech thanking all and sundry for their efforts, before a disastrous attempt at telling a joke.’
      • ‘A disastrous stint with Watford would not put him off a return to England and he would consider moving abroad too.’
      • ‘Being a dutiful pupil, I followed the prescriptions only to embark on a disastrous degree in science.’


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘ill-fated’): from French désastreux, from Italian disastroso, from disastro ‘disaster’.