calamitous

[ kuh-lam-i-tuhs ]
/ kəˈlæm ɪ təs /

adjective

causing or involving calamity; disastrous: a calamitous defeat.

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Origin of calamitous

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

OTHER WORDS FROM calamitous

ca·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 forms of calamitous

calamitously, adverbcalamitousness, noun
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