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Wordnet 3.0


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:

Disastrous \Dis*as"trous\, a. [Cf. F. d['e]sastreux. See Disaster.] 1. Full of unpropitious stellar influences; unpropitious; ill-boding. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The moon In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Attended with suffering or disaster; very unfortunate; calamitous; ill-fated; ending in utter failure or ruin; as, a disastrous day; a disastrous termination of an undertaking. [1913 Webster] Wherein I spake of most disastrous chances. --Shak. -- Dis*as"trous*ly, adv. -- Dis*as"trous*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

63 Moby Thesaurus words for "disastrous": appalling, awful, baneful, black, calamitous, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, catastrophic, consuming, consumptive, convulsive, deadly, demolishing, demolitionary, depredatory, desolating, destroying, destructive, detrimental, devastating, dire, doomful, dreadful, fatal, fateful, fratricidal, grievous, hapless, harmful, harrowing, herky-jerky, horrendous, horrible, horrifying, internecine, jerky, luckless, nihilist, nihilistic, orgasmic, paroxysmal, ravaging, ruining, ruinous, seismic, self-destructive, spasmodic, spastic, subversionary, subversive, suicidal, terrible, tragic, unfortunate, unlucky, upheaving, vandalic, vandalish, vandalistic, wasteful, wasting, withering, wreckful