calamitous

[ kuh-lam-i-tuhs ]
/ kəˈlæm ɪ təs /

adjective

causing or involving calamity; disastrous: a calamitous defeat.

Nearby words

  1. calamian islands,
  2. calamine,
  3. calamine brass,
  4. calamint,
  5. calamite,
  6. calamity,
  7. calamity jane,
  8. calamondin,
  9. calamus,
  10. calamus scriptorius

Origin of calamitous

First recorded in 1535–45; calamit(y) + -ous

Related formsca·lam·i·tous·ly, adverbca·lam·i·tous·ness, nounun·ca·lam·i·tous, adjectiveun·ca·lam·i·tous·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for calamitous

calamitous

/ (kəˈlæmɪtəs) /

adjective

causing, involving, or resulting in a calamity; disastrous
Derived Formscalamitously, adverbcalamitousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for calamitous

calamitous

adj.

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

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