1. [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.
1. Suffering calamity; wretched; miserable. [Obs.]
Ten thousands of calamitous persons. --South.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire
consequences; bringing ruin; "the stock market crashed on
Black Friday"; "a calamitous defeat"; "the battle was a
disastrous end to a disastrous campaign"; "such
doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my
theory"- Charles Darwin; "it is fatal to enter any war
without the will to win it"- Douglas MacArthur; "a
fateful error" [syn: black, calamitous, disastrous,
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,