What does disaster mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. catastrophe, disasternoun

    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, cataclysmnoun

    an event resulting in great loss and misfortune

    "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"

  3. disasternoun

    an act that has disastrous consequences

Wiktionary

  1. disasternoun

    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. disasternoun

    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. Disasternoun

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

  2. Disasternoun

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

  3. Disasterverb

    to blast by the influence of a baleful star

  4. Disasterverb

    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.]

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  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

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  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. Baskut Tuncak:

    New victims of the Bhopal disaster are born every day, and suffer life-long from adverse health impacts.

  2. Emma Roberts:

    It was a disaster, and I found it all out on a plane so I couldn't get to her. Like, I couldn't call her or attack her. I could just iMessage with her and DM her and ask her to please stop.

  3. Eduardo Jovanian:

    It's bad, a disaster, and it's hard to be positive, because utilities have gone up a lot, and people don't have the money to pay.

  4. Didier Guillaume:

    Everything will be done to help. The state of natural disaster will be declared, the goal is that no farmers will have to shut down business. We must declare a general mobilization.

  5. John Malkovich:

    It's not a field, I think, for people who need to have success every day if you can't live with a nightly sort of disaster, you should get out. I wouldn't describe myself as lacking in confidence, but I would just say that the ghosts you chase you never catch.

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