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


  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.

  2. disaster(Noun)

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

  3. 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.

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


  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?

  1. Alex
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How to say disaster in sign language?

  1. disaster


  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. Mike Boit:

    It was a disaster.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Dodd-Frank was a disaster.

  3. Chinese Proverb:

    He who is foolish finds disaster

  4. John McCain:

    We are now flirting with disaster.

  5. Meshaal Hammoud:

    This storm was an absolute disaster.

Images & Illustrations of disaster

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