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"
calamity, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy, cataclysm(noun)
an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
"the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
an act that has disastrous consequences
An unexpected natural or man-made catastrophe of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life or sometimes permanent change to the natural environment.
An unforeseen event causing great loss, upset or unpleasantness of whatever kind.
Origin: From Italian disastro, disaster; originally meaning "unfavourable to one's stars", from dis-, bad (compare dys-), + astro, star, celestial body, from Latin astrum, from Greek astron. The word disaster is derived from Middle French désastre and that from Old Italian disastro, which in turn comes from the Greek pejorative prefix δυσ-, (dus-) "bad" + ἀστήρ (aster), "star". The root of the word disaster ("bad star" in Greek) comes from an astrological theme in which the ancients used to refer to the destruction or deconstruction of a star as a disaster.
an unpropitious or baleful aspect of a planet or star; malevolent influence of a heavenly body; hence, an ill portent
an adverse or unfortunate event, esp. a sudden and extraordinary misfortune; a calamity; a serious mishap
to blast by the influence of a baleful star
to bring harm upon; to injure
A disaster is a natural or man-made hazard resulting in an event of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life, or drastic change to the environment. A disaster can be ostensively defined as any tragic event stemming from events such as earthquakes, floods, catastrophic accidents, fires, or explosions. It is a phenomenon that can cause damage to life and property and destroy the economic, social and cultural life of people. In contemporary academia, disasters are seen as the consequence of inappropriately managed risk. These risks are the product of a combination of both hazard/s and vulnerability. Hazards that strike in areas with low vulnerability will never become disasters, as is the case in uninhabited regions. Developing countries suffer the greatest costs when a disaster hits – more than 95 percent of all deaths caused by disasters occur in developing countries, and losses due to natural disasters are 20 times greater in developing countries than in industrialized countries.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
diz-as′tėr, n. an adverse or unfortunate event: a great and sudden misfortune: calamity.—adj. Disas′trous, calamitous, ruinous: gloomy, foreboding disaster.—adv. Disas′trously. [O. Fr. desastre, des—L. dis, with evil sense, astre—L. astrum, a star, destiny.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Disaster' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3510
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Disaster' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3209
Rank popularity for the word 'Disaster' in Nouns Frequency: #1292
asterids, diasters, disastre, disrates, Tardises
The numerical value of Disaster in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Disaster in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Do not seek evil gains evil gains are the equivalent of disaster.
That was and still is the great disaster of my life-that lovely, lovely little boy.
You can never be too far away from a disaster, because there is no disaster-free zone in this entire universe!
There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is not greater disaster than greed.
The earthquake is inevitable, but the disaster is not, the disaster is what the earthquake does to human structures. We change those human structures, we can eliminate the disaster.
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Translations for Disaster
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- няшча́сце, го́ра, катастро́фа, бяда́, бе́дстваBelarusian
- бе́дствие, злополу́ка, катастро́фаBulgarian
- desastreCatalan, Valencian
- pohroma, neštěstí, katastrofaCzech
- katastrofi, onnettomuusFinnish
- désastre, catastropheFrench
- creachScottish Gaelic
- katastwòf, dezasHaitian Creole
- դժբախտություն, աղետ, պատուհասArmenian
- 惨事, 天災, 災害, 災難, 災いJapanese
- კატასტროფა, უბედურებაGeorgian
- зілзала, апатKazakh
- មហន្តរាយ, គ្រោះមហន្តរាយKhmer
- 참사, 재해, 재앙Korean
- katastrofeNorwegian Nynorsk
- nieszczęście, katastrofa, bieda, gorzePolish
- dezastru, catastrofă, nenorocireRomanian
- го́ре, несча́стье, бе́дствие, беда́, катастро́фаRussian
- nešťastie, katastrofa, pohromaSlovak
- janga, afaSwahili
- біда́, го́ре, ли́хо, катастро́фа, неща́стяUkrainian
- thảm hoạ, tai hoạVietnamese
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