Search Result for "calamitous":
1. (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin;
- Example: "the stock market crashed on Black Friday"
- Example: "a calamitous defeat"
- Example: "the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign"
- Example: "such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory"- Charles Darwin
- Example: "it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"- Douglas MacArthur
- Example: "a fateful error"
[syn: black, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Calamitous \Ca*lam"i*tous\, a. [L. Calamitosus; cf. F. calamiteux.] [1913 Webster] 1. Suffering calamity; wretched; miserable. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Ten thousands of calamitous persons. --South. [1913 Webster] 2. Producing, or attended with distress and misery; making wretched; wretched; unhappy. "This sad and calamitous condition." --South. "A calamitous prison" --Milton. Syn: Miserable; deplorable; distressful; afflictive; wretched; grievous; baleful; disastrous; adverse; unhappy; severe; sad; unfortunate. -- Ca*lam"i*tous*ly, adv. -- Ca*lam"i*tous*ness, n. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
52 Moby Thesaurus words for "calamitous": afflictive, awful, baneful, black, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, catastrophic, consuming, consumptive, deadly, demolishing, demolitionary, depredatory, desolating, destroying, destructive, devastating, dire, disastrous, distressful, distressing, doomful, dreadful, fatal, fateful, fratricidal, grievous, heartbreaking, internecine, lamentable, nihilist, nihilistic, pernicious, ravaging, regrettable, ruining, ruinous, self-destructive, subversionary, subversive, suicidal, terrible, tragic, unfortunate, vandalic, vandalish, vandalistic, wasteful, wasting, withering, woeful, wreckful