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calamitous

[kuh-lam-i-tuh s] /kəˈlæm ɪ təs/
adjective
1.
causing or involving calamity; disastrous:
a calamitous defeat.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; calamit(y) + -ous
Related forms
calamitously, adverb
calamitousness, noun
uncalamitous, adjective
uncalamitously, adverb
Synonyms
catastrophic, ruinous, devastating.
Antonyms
beneficial, advantageous.
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  • Their decision will trigger cuts in defense spending on a calamitous scale.
  • If the same thing happened with oil or wheat the results would be calamitous.
  • To ignore these issues and declare the problem over is a calamitous mistake.
  • But a calamitous recession and higher unemployment undid this work.
  • Yet such a calamitous misdirection of energy can occur only under certain conditions.
  • From what you write me about the present calamitous state of your finances, what you want is naturally impossible.
  • At first, this development seemed more curious than calamitous.
  • The results could be calamitous unless offsetting policy actions are taken rapidly.
  • And if rates were to jump, the effect on an already weak housing sector would be calamitous.
  • Management thinkers have been quick to pursue the rich research opportunities in the industry's calamitous decline.
British Dictionary definitions for calamitous

calamitous

/kəˈlæmɪtəs/
adjective
1.
causing, involving, or resulting in a calamity; disastrous
Derived Forms
calamitously, adverb
calamitousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for calamitous
adj.

1540s, from French calamiteux (16c.), from Latin calamitosus "causing loss, destructive," from calamitas (see calamity). Related: Calamitously; calamitousness.

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