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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
References in classic literature ?
One reason perhaps is, that not one in fifty of the actual disasters and deaths by casualties in the fishery, ever finds a public record at home, however transient and immediately forgotten that record.
Still bright on clouds of suffering dim Shines that soft, solemn joy; Nor care I now, how dense and grim Disasters gather nigh.
The worthy soul, now seventy years of age, attributed the disasters of the French Revolution to the design of Providence, eager to punish a dissolute Church.
There the want of tact and discretion on the part of the husbands produces at times indescribable disasters.
The terrible disasters at the Ealing and South Kensington laboratories have disinclined analysts for further investigations upon the latter.
In the midst of the disasters that befell the house, Cocles was the only one unmoved.
But the hostile fleet met with so many disasters and losses by storm and shipwreck, that the Duke d'Anville is said to have poisoned himself in despair.
Most of this kind of disasters to traders and trappers arise from some careless inattention to the state of their arms and ammunition, the placing of their horses at night, the position of their camping ground, and the posting of their night watches.
The disasters which had driven him from his native country were alluded to; stainless honour, inflexible independence, indestructible self-respect there took the word.
How little do some of these poor islanders comprehend when they look around them, that no inconsiderable part of their disasters originate in certain tea-party excitements, under the influence of which benevolent-looking gentlemen in white cravats solicit alms, and old ladies in spectacles, and young ladies in sober russet gowns, contribute sixpences towards the creation of a fund, the object of which is to ameliorate the spiritual condition of the Polynesians, but whose end has almost invariably been to accomplish their temporal destruction!
To avoid the mortification consequent upon his disasters, he left New Orleans, the city of his forefathers, and took up his residence at Sullivan's Island, near Charleston, South Carolina.
The reader will bear these instructions in mind, as events will prove their wisdom and importance, and the disasters which ensued in consequence of the neglect of them.