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dis·as·ter

 (dĭ-zăs′tər, -săs′-)
n.
1.
a. An occurrence causing widespread destruction and distress; a catastrophe.
b. A grave misfortune.
2. Informal A total failure: The dinner party was a disaster.
3. Obsolete An evil influence of a star or planet.

[French désastre, from Italian disastro : dis-, pejorative pref. (from Latin dis-; see dis-) + astro, star (from Latin astrum, from Greek astron; see ster- in Indo-European roots).]

disaster

(dɪˈzɑːstə)
n
1. an occurrence that causes great distress or destruction
2. a thing, project, etc, that fails or has been ruined
[C16 (originally in the sense: malevolent astral influence): from Italian disastro, from dis- (pejorative) + astro star, from Latin astrum, from Greek astron]
disˈastrous adj

dis•as•ter

(dɪˈzæs tər, -ˈzɑ stər)

n.
1. a calamitous event, esp. one occurring suddenly and causing great loss of life, damage, or hardship, as a flood, airplane crash, or business failure.
2. Obs. an unfavorable aspect of a star or planet.
[1585–95; < Middle French desastre < Italian disastro=dis- dis-1 + astro star < Latin astrum < Greek ástron]
syn: disaster, calamity, catastrophe, cataclysm refer to adverse happenings usu. occurring suddenly and unexpectedly. disaster may be caused by negligence, bad judgment, or the like, or by natural forces, as a hurricane or flood: a railroad disaster that claimed many lives. calamity suggests great affliction, either personal or general; the emphasis is on the grief or sorrow caused: the calamity of losing a child. catastrophe refers esp. to the tragic outcome of a personal or public situation; the emphasis is on the destruction or irreplaceable loss: the catastrophe of a defeat in battle. cataclysm, a sudden and violent change in the earth's surface, also refers to a personal or public upheaval: a cataclysm that turned our lives in a new direction.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.disaster - a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortunedisaster - a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune; "lack of funds has resulted in a catastrophe for our school system"; "his policies were a disaster"
adversity, hard knocks, hardship - a state of misfortune or affliction; "debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity"; "a life of hardship"
2.disaster - an event resulting in great loss and misfortunedisaster - an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
misfortune, bad luck - unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
act of God, force majeure, inevitable accident, unavoidable casualty, vis major - a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events; "he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God"
apocalypse - a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil
famine - a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death
kiss of death - something that is ruinous; "if this were known it would be the kiss of death for my political career"
meltdown - a disaster comparable to a nuclear meltdown; "there is little likelihood of a meltdown comparable to the American banking collapse in March 1933"
plague - any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)
visitation - any disaster or catastrophe; "a visitation of the plague"
tidal wave - an unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide
tsunami - a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic eruption; "a colossal tsunami destroyed the Minoan civilization in minutes"
3.disaster - an act that has disastrous consequences
destruction, devastation - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists

disaster

noun
1. catastrophe, trouble, blow, accident, stroke, reverse, tragedy, ruin, misfortune, adversity, calamity, mishap, whammy (informal, chiefly U.S.), misadventure, cataclysm, act of God, bummer (slang), ruination, mischance the second air disaster in less than two months
2. failure, mess, flop (informal), catastrophe, rout, debacle, cock-up (Brit. slang), balls-up (taboo slang), non-starter, fuck-up (offensive taboo slang), washout (informal) The whole production was a disaster.

disaster

noun
An occurrence inflicting widespread destruction and distress:
Translations
كارِثَةكارِثَه، مُصيبَه
pohromakatastrofa
katastrofeulykke
katastrofionnettomuus
katastrofa
stórslys; náttúruhamfarir
災害
재난
nelaimė
nelaimeposts
nesrečarazdejanje
katastrof
ความหายนะ
faciafelaketfelâket
thảm họa

disaster

[dɪˈzɑːstəʳ]
A. N
1. (= catastrophe) → desastre m
see also court B2
see also strike B2
2. (= inept person) → desastre m
B. CPD disaster area Nzona f catastrófica, zona f de desastre
he's a walking disaster area (hum) → es un puro desastre
disaster fund Nfondo m de ayuda para casos de desastre

disaster

[dɪˈzæstər dɪˈzɑːstər] n (sudden, unexpected event)catastrophe f; (longer term)désastre m
a rail disaster → une catastrophe ferroviaire
economic disaster → désastre économique
to be a disaster → être désastreux/euse
The government's education policy is a disaster → La politique du gouvernement en matière d'éducation est désastreuse.
disaster struck → le malheur a frappé
to be a recipe for disaster → mener droit à la catastrophedisaster area n
(lit)zone f sinistrée
(fig) (= place) → zone f sinistrée (= person) → catastrophe f
he's a walking disaster area → c'est une catastrophe ambulantedisaster movie nfilm m catastrophedisaster relief n (= aid) → aide f aux victimes de catastrophesdisaster victim nsinistré(e) m/fdisaster zone nzone f sinistrée

disaster

nKatastrophe f; (Aviat, Min, Rail) → Unglück nt, → Katastrophe f; (= fiasco)Fiasko nt, → Desaster nt; doomed to disasterzum Untergang verdammt or verurteilt ? also recipe

disaster

:
disaster area
nKatastrophengebiet nt; (fig inf: = person) → Katastrophe f
disaster fund
nKatastrophenfonds m
disaster movie
nKatastrophenfilm m

disaster

[dɪˈzɑːstəʳ] n (also) (fig) → disastro
disaster area → zona disastrata
disaster fund raccolta di fondi a favore delle vittime di un disastro

disaster

(diˈzaːstə) noun
a terrible event, especially one that causes great damage, loss etc. The earthquake was the greatest disaster the country had ever experienced.
diˈsastrous adjective
diˈsastrously adverb

disaster

كارِثَة pohroma katastrofe Katastrophe καταστροφή desastre katastrofi désastre katastrofa disastro 災害 재난 ramp katastrofe katastrofa desastre бедствие katastrof ความหายนะ felaket thảm họa 灾难

disaster

n. desastre; desdicha, infortunio.

disaster

n desastre m
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Precautions in dangerous defiles Trappers' mode of defence on a prairie A mysterious visitor Arrival in Green River Valley Adventures of the detachments The forlorn partisan His tale of disasters.
If my memory serves me the disasters which overtook the Majority of this honourable body always befell when it was the Minority's deal.
In 1806 Pfuel had been one of those responsible, for the plan of campaign that ended in Jena and Auerstadt, but he did not see the least proof of the fallibility of his theory in the disasters of that war.
The causes of superstition are: pleasing and sensual rites and ceremonies; excess of outward and pharisaical holiness; overgreat reverence of traditions, which cannot but load the church; the stratagems of prelates, for their own ambition and lucre; the favoring too much of good intentions, which openeth the gate to conceits and novelties; the taking an aim at divine matters, by human, which cannot but breed mixture of imaginations: and, lastly, barbarous times, especially joined with calamities and disasters.
And as for small difficulties and worryings, prospects of sudden disaster, peril of life and limb; all these, and death itself, seem to him only sly, good-natured hits, and jolly punches in the side bestowed by the unseen and unaccountable old joker.
Such a disaster meant anywhere between twenty-five to eighty cents, just according to how many of the players ordered ten-cent drinks.
As Adam was a-working outside of Eden-Wall, He used the Earth, he used the Seas, he used the Air and all; And out of black disaster He arose to be the master Of Earth and Water, Air and Fire, But never reached his heart's desire
This accident occurred in 1866, a year and a month after the disaster on the Matterhorn.
I have no wish to distress you by representing the loss of this situation in the light of a disaster.
The reinsurer, the optimist of ill-luck and disaster, slaps his pocket with satisfaction.
It was not until Ernest and I were back in New York, and after weeks had elapsed, that we were able to comprehend thoroughly the full sweep of the disaster that had befallen the Cause.
I can offer you no consolation, my friend," said he; "your disaster is irreparable.