calamitous calamitous  /kə ˈlæ mə təs/


  • (adj) (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin



  1. The calamitous drop in the world's markets brings fear and dread to the men and women that work the exchanges.
  2. In fact, after more than a half century of struggling with Hitler's calamitous legacy, Germans do appear to be taking a slightly less tortured view of their past.
  3. Guided by then chief financial officer Gary Kelly, the airline assembled a strategy to gird against potentially calamitous surges in oil prices.


  • Meh: Landmarks Commission Bummed Out by Boring New 74 Grand

    When the Landmarks Preservation Commission encountered the designs for the Soho Frankenbuilding—the new development trying, with calamitous results, to find some way around its mandate to incorporate an old cast iron facade —back in March, the reaction was not...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Curbed New York


  1. "Regardless of what happens in my current situation, I am unlikely to be satisfied with calamitous promiscuity of the preceding five or six years," he said.
    on Jul 5, 2010 By: Russell Brand Source: The Money Times

  2. Diarist John Evelyn described the "miserable and calamitous spectacle" he saw as the city was destroyed.
    on Feb 15, 2009 By: John Evelyn Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "We need each G-8 to be bolder than the last," Blair said in his speech. "If we give up, we will lose the chance in this continent, rich as it is though its people are often poor, for our values to take root. It would be a calamitous...
    on May 31, 2007 By: Tony Blair Source: International Herald Tribune

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