disastrous








adjective

  1. causing great distress or injury; ruinous; very unfortunate; calamitous: The rain and cold proved disastrous to his health.
  2. Archaic. foreboding disaster.
adj.

1580s, “ill-starred,” from French désastreux (16c.), from désastre (see disaster) or from Italian desastroso. Meaning “calamitous” is from c.1600. Related: Disastrously.

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