- a calamitous event, especially one occurring suddenly and causing great loss of life, damage, or hardship, as a flood, airplane crash, or business failure.
- Obsolete. an unfavorable aspect of a star or planet.
Origin of disaster
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Examples from the Web for pre-disaster
Trailer homes are renting for $9,000 a month, up from $1,500 to $2,000 pre-disaster.A Gulf Coast Fisherman's Survival Story
June 1, 2010
The old sombre frame-constructed buildings of the pre-disaster days are being replaced with attractive hydrostone.
The matter of health organization in Halifax affords perhaps the most significant contrast with the pre-disaster days.
Normal (pre-disaster) community life traditionally operates at a low level of effectiveness and efficiency.
- an occurrence that causes great distress or destruction
- a thing, project, etc, that fails or has been ruined
Word Origin and History for pre-disaster
1590s, from Middle French désastre (1560s), from Italian disastro "ill-starred," from dis-, here merely pejorative (see dis-) + astro "star, planet," from Latin astrum, from Greek astron (see star (n.)). The sense is astrological, of a calamity blamed on an unfavorable position of a planet.