Definition of calamitous in English:



  • Involving calamity; catastrophic or disastrous.

    ‘such calamitous events as fires, hurricanes, and floods’
    • ‘If there is to be a winner, it could be the result of a calamitous error or disastrous lack of discipline.’
    • ‘After a calamitous decline in the value two years ago, it's now more stable.’
    • ‘The area has entered an anxious era of landslides since the calamitous landslides of 1978.’
    • ‘The bloodshed there, and in Romeo and Juliet could be called calamitous, but it was not tragically pitiable.’
    • ‘Closing your eyes to all the other possibilities always is dangerous - and potentially calamitous.’
    • ‘Before Christmas, workman burst a water main in the street with a mechanical digger causing calamitous flooding.’
    • ‘But even his allies admit he committed a series of calamitous mistakes which meant the Home Secretary had to go.’
    • ‘In sundry sports, and not least in rugby, there are calamitous defeats in which even the best players go down with the ship.’
    • ‘There followed an utterly calamitous war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives on each side and bankrupted both countries.’
    • ‘And so it goes: human presence leads then to a calamitous drop-off in the population of caribou.’
    • ‘If he hadn't made such a fuss about acceptable standards of behaviour, his fall from grace might not have been so swift and calamitous.’
    • ‘Some changes can be improvement, but in cities redolent with history they are often calamitous.’
    • ‘And there was the calamitous underestimation of the fighting power and resolution of the soldiers.’
    • ‘While calamitous, fires do and can have a positive outcome.’
    • ‘‘No one can fathom the calamitous consequences if the crisis ignites a war,’ they said.’
    • ‘Nasa received data from the Spirit rover yesterday for the first time in two days, ending fears that the Mars mission may have come to a calamitous halt.’
    • ‘It is still a tale of thwarted hopes and suppressed unhappiness, but the misery she reveals is calamitous only in its traumatic effects on one family.’
    • ‘Is there some sort of 6th sense that tells people what is a ‘normal’ disaster and what is unusual and calamitous danger?’
    • ‘The obliging stylist agreed to re-do her calamitous colouring, despite fears that her hair could be damaged by too much colour so soon after the disaster.’
    • ‘Today, opinion is divided on whether the new course is better or worse - but everyone agrees the disruption has been calamitous and unnecessary.’
    disastrous, catastrophic, cataclysmic, devastating, dire, tragic, fatal, ruinous, crippling, awful, dreadful, terrible, woeful, grievous
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