What does disaster mean?

Definitions for disaster
dɪˈzæs tər, -ˈzɑ stərdis·as·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. catastrophe, disaster(noun)

    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"

  2. 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"

  3. disaster(noun)

    an act that has disastrous consequences

Wiktionary

  1. disaster(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. disaster(Noun)

    An unforeseen event causing great loss, upset or unpleasantness of whatever kind.

    Etymology: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disaster(noun)

    an unpropitious or baleful aspect of a planet or star; malevolent influence of a heavenly body; hence, an ill portent

  2. Disaster(noun)

    an adverse or unfortunate event, esp. a sudden and extraordinary misfortune; a calamity; a serious mishap

  3. Disaster(verb)

    to blast by the influence of a baleful star

  4. Disaster(verb)

    to bring harm upon; to injure

Freebase

  1. Disaster

    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

  1. Disaster

    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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'disaster' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3510

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'disaster' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3209

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'disaster' in Nouns Frequency: #1292

Anagrams for disaster »

  1. asterids, diasters, disastre, disrates, Tardises

How to pronounce disaster?

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    Karen
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How to say disaster in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disaster in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disaster in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of disaster in a Sentence

  1. Oswald Chambers:

    We say, sorrow, disaster, calamity. God says, chastening and it sounds sweet to him though it is a discord to our ears. Don't faint when you are rebuked, and don't despise the chastening of the Lord. In your patience possess your souls.

  2. Robert Glasser:

    One of the problems with disaster risk reduction is that even governments haven't quantified the costs of disasters, and unless they can put a price on it, if you talk to a finance ministry, they have competing priorities.

  3. Wendy Murphy:

    Herring said in a statement. The fact that Republican attorneys general are suing to block the ERA, and that they now have the support of the Trump Administration, is absolutely repugnant. FLASHBACK: WHY THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT IS A FEMINIST DISASTER On Tuesday, supporters of the ERAfiled a federal lawsuitin Massachusetts aimed at clearing a legal path for adoption of the amendment. The lawsuit argues that because the deadline was set forth in legislation authorizing states to ratify the amendment and not in the three-sentence amendment itself its not constitutionally binding and Virginias vote would put the amendment over the top. We are not surprised that the Trump administration acted swiftly to declare its opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment.

  4. Doug Meikle:

    The damage done to the reef is not only a disaster from an environmental point of view, but also due to the fact that the livelihoods of local communities depend upon healthy reefs, it's quite remarkable that the ship was so close.

  5. Chairman Shunichi Tanaka:

    A disaster like that at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi will not occur.

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