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Pronunciation:  ku'lamitus

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[adj]  (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin; "the stock market crashed on Black Friday"; "a calamitous defeat"; "the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign"; "such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory"- Charles Darwin; "it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"- Douglas MacArthur; "a fateful error"

CALAMITOUS is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: black, disastrous, fatal, fateful, unfortunate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ca*lam"i*tous\, a. [L. Calamitosus; cf. F.
1. Suffering calamity; wretched; miserable. [Obs.]

         Ten thousands of calamitous persons.  --South.

2. Producing, or attended with distress and misery; making
   wretched; wretched; unhappy. ``This sad and calamitous
   condition.'' --South. ``A calamitous prison'' --Milton.

Syn: Miserable; deplorable; distressful; afflictive;
     wretched; grievous; baleful; disastrous; adverse;
     unhappy; severe; sad; unfortunate. --
     {Ca*lam"i*tous*ly}, adv. -- {Ca*lam"i*tous*ness}, n.

Thesaurus Terms
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