• WordNet 3.6
    • adj disastrous (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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disastrous Attended with suffering or disaster; very unfortunate; calamitous; ill-fated; ending in utter failure or ruin; as, a disastrous day; a disastrous termination of an undertaking. "Wherein I spake of most disastrous chances."
    • Disastrous Full of unpropitious stellar influences; unpropitious; ill-boding. "The moon
      In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disastrous Gloomy; dismal; threatening disaster.
    • disastrous Ruinous; unfortunate; calamitous; occasioning great distress or injury: as, the day was disastrous; the battle proved disastrous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Disastrous calamitous, ruinous: gloomy, foreboding disaster
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  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    “Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.”
  • Tennessee Williams
    “Success and failure are equally disastrous.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. désastreux,. See Disaster
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desastre, des—L. dis, with evil sense, astre—L. astrum, a star, destiny.


In literature:

Yet little way had been made when there came a disastrous change.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Its effects on Minnesota were extremely disastrous.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
But to acknowledge this implied a fickleness of temperament that was disastrous to his self-respect.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
This was a grave offence, and one which might have had disastrous results for the expedition.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
This expedition was one of the most disastrous of the inland explorations.
"History of Australia and New Zealand" by Alexander Sutherland
Six months of gloomy forebodings had terminated even more disastrously than he had feared.
"The Desert Fiddler" by William H. Hamby
He was not in love with her or with any one, but he was in that insane mood when honourable men marry, sometimes disastrously.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
But the disastrous fall of our securities since that date, seems now to require bonds of a higher value.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3 No 2, February 1863" by Various
It is a tradition in theatrical management that successful starts almost invariably mean disastrous finishes.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
But I never dreamt of the disastrous effect of my acts.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Never was the fate of a city more disastrous.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
Along the Southern seaboard the course of the war was even more disastrous to the Americans.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
We cannot follow the Christian king on his disastrous attempt.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
The result was quite as disastrous as James feared.
"Charles I" by Jacob Abbott
According to the old chronicle writers, the earthquake of 1630 was more disastrous.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Toward the close of the month a disastrous defeat was inflicted upon the Hungarians under the command of General Dembinsky at Kapolna.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The result of his own operations in Egypt was still more disastrous to him.
"Pyrrhus" by Jacob Abbott
In the meantime Bud Larkin was facing two alternatives, either one disastrous.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
That had been disastrous, and she shrank from creating more trouble by her impetuosity.
"Mummery" by Gilbert Cannan
In manners extremes meet, and the giggle and the sneer are the disastrous half measures of the ill-bred, the social greasers.
"Olive in Italy" by Moray Dalton

In poetry:

Oh, from that pageantry of dooms
Past or foreboded, where
You dwell with dim disastrous things,
With beauty and with fear;
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
But those Isles that, still united,
Fought at Harlaw, Scotland's might,
Broken by their fierce contentions
Singly waged disastrous fight.
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
And up thy vault with roaring sound
Climb thy thick noon, disastrous day;
Touch thy dull goal of joyless gray,
And hide thy shame beneath the ground.
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 72" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Surprise will come like a stern robber,
Fear like a jealous pain, and a joy
Come carrying gifts disastrous and rich
Yet I shall miss
That steep abyss.
"The Uninvited Guest" by Marya Zaturenska
Our army's signal-word that day
Was the disastrous fight;
It spurred us on like lightning's ray,
And plunged us deep in bloody fray,
And in the spears' black night.
"Count Eberhard, The Groaner Of Wurtembert. A War Song" by Friedrich von Schiller
The bell had struck the midnight hour,
Disastrous planets now had power,
And evil spirits resign'd; The lone owl, from the cloister'd isle,
O'er falling fragments of the pile,
Ill-boding prophet, plain'd
"Monimia. An Ode" by John Logan

In news:

Monken takes over for the fired Ellis Johnson, who was immediately let go after a disastrous 0-12 mark in his lone season at the helm.
Losing ' heart and soul ' of defense in Sean Lee is 'disastrous' for the Cowboys.
Losing 'heart and soul' of defense in Sean Lee is 'disastrous' for the Cowboys.
The disastrous storm Sandy makes clear numerous lessons never learned by states.
A disastrous third quarter spelled the Lions' undoing.
After a disastrous race debut last year, DC was kept off the list of participating cities this year.
What a disastrous week for the hapless Al Gore.
Much as the University of Kentucky basketball faithful would like to, they will likely never forget the disastrous two-year tenure of former Wildcat head coach Billy Gillispie.
A warm spring with dry fields, no flooding or mud like the disastrous spring of 2011.
After Facebook's disastrous IPO leading some to speculate Facebook's actual worth is in the $16-$24 range, it's worth examining what went wrong.
Egypt's military warned Saturday of 'disastrous consequences' if the crisis that sent tens of thousands of protesters back into the streets is not resolved, signaling the army's return to an increasingly polarized and violent political scene.
In a disastrous 14 minutes, 51 seconds, the Eagles showed their home fans some of their worst flaws Sunday, turning a potential division win into an ugly loss to the hated Giants.
Why are India's disastrous sweatshops hailed as examples of its "entrepreneur" spirit.
Facebook's disastrous second-quarter earnings report, which sent the shares of the Menlo Park social network down 32 percent in a week, has attracted some of the top hedge fund stock pickers.
Superstorm Sandy may have been disastrous -- but the real need is elsewhere.

In science:

For example, if this apparatus were being used to implement the quantum key distribution of [BB84], the result would be disastrous since a competent eavesdropper could reliably distinguish all four states.
Self-Testing of Quantum Circuits
Such artificial diffusion can lead to disastrous results in problems where the abundances must be tracked exactly (e.g. nucleosynthesis issues in supernova explosions) and abundance gradients are large.
SNSPH: A Parallel 3-D Smoothed Particle Radiation Hydrodynamics Code
As the QSO sat exactly on the boundary between the two halves, this would have been disastrous for point spread function subtraction if it had not been corrected.
Fluorescent Lyman-alpha Emission from Gas Near a QSO at Redshift 4.28
It should be stressed that, as far as global symmetry is concerned, the axial anomaly is nothing disastrous and, in fact, gives rise to physical effects such as the π 0 → γ γ decay in QCD.
Spontaneous symmetry breaking in strong and electroweak interactions
Alternatively, quantum causality would have to be reviewed, with equally disastrous implications for modern physics.
Proposed split-causality test of the relativity principle
This dictates that for our purpose, which is to predict the asymptotically dominant strategies, we want to consider rational players who maximize log-returns.8 The choice of other utility functions can be disastrous.
The Reality Game
This is disastrous for applications that rely on TCP semantics to control traffic.
TCP over 3G links: Problems and Solutions
If even one false positive would be disastrous, for example, the hypothesis would be about if the various drugs are safe to use, then it is appropriate to choose FWER.
Multiple Hypothesis Testing in Pattern Discovery
The electrons charge up nearby dielectrics (potentially disastrous when high-finesse optical cavities are located inside the vacuum) and therefore require continuous efforts at micromotion elimination.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
However, small amounts of circularly polarized light can potentially be disastrous.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Becau se energy conservation does not forbid production of a zero net sum out of nothing, a disastrous vacuum decay would result.
Both combined effects are disastrous in order to detect tiny variations.
Testing tests on AGN microvariability
On the other hand, this scheme may lead to disastrous domain walls which, however, can be avoided [15, 16] by introducing extra matter superfields without jeopardizing the unification of the MSSM gauge coupling constants.
F-Term Hybrid Inflation Followed by a Peccei-Quinn Phase Transition
Spontaneous breaking of this subgroup at the PQPT by h ¯Qi and hQi can lead to a disastrous domain wall production since this transition occurs after FHI.
F-Term Hybrid Inflation Followed by a Peccei-Quinn Phase Transition
Secondly, if anything but natural weighting is used, it can have disastrous effects if a visibility is placed in a bin by itself when most visibilities share their bin with several others.
Smear fitting: a new deconvolution method for interferometric data