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Disaster

Disaster Meaning & Definition
Disaster Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Disaster?

[n] an act that has disastrous consequences
[n] an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
[n] 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"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Disaster: calamity | cataclysm | catastrophe | catastrophe | tragedy

Related Terms | Find terms related to Disaster: accident | act of God | adversity | apoplexy | blow | breakdown | breaking up | breakup | calamity | casualty | cataclysm | catastrophe | cave | cave-in | climax | collapse | collision | contretemps | convulsion | crack-up | crash | debacle | diastrophism | distress | fatal accident | fatality | fit | grief | ill hap | misadventure | mischance | misfortune | mishap | nasty blow | overthrow | paroxysm | pileup | quake | reverse | rocks | shipwreck | shock | smash | smashup | spasm | staggering blow | stroke | temblor | tidal wave | total loss | tragedy | trouble | tsunami | upheaval | violent death | washout | wrack | wreck

See Also | act of God | adversity | apocalypse | bad luck | destruction | devastation | force majeure | hardship | inevitable accident | kiss of death | misfortune | plague | unavoidable casualty | vis major | visitation

Disaster In Webster's Dictionary

\Dis*as"ter\, n. [F. d['e]sastre; pref. d['e]s- (L. dis-) + astre star, fr. L. astrum; a word of astrological origin. See {Aster}, {Astral}, {Star}.] 1. An unpropitious or baleful aspect of a planet or star; malevolent influence of a heavenly body; hence, an ill portent. [Obs.] Disasters in the sun. --Shak. 2. An adverse or unfortunate event, esp. a sudden and extraordinary misfortune; a calamity; a serious mishap. But noble souls, through dust and heat, Rise from disaster and defeat The stronger. --Longfellow. Syn: Calamity; misfortune; mishap; mischance; visitation; misadventure; ill luck. See {Calamity}.
\Dis*as"ter\, v. t. 1. To blast by the influence of a baleful star. [Obs.] --Sir P. Sidney. 2. To bring harm upon; to injure. [R.] --Thomson.

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