Examples from the Web for disastrous
He knew that a public appearance with Duke could be disastrous.
At any moment, the slightest loss in concentration could see a disastrous tumble.
The Ebola pandemic in West Africa is having a disastrous effect on tourism on the whole continent.Ebola Could Deal a Death Blow to Africa’s Wildlife|Brandon Presser|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the consequences of a filing would have been disastrous.Remember the $182 Billion AIG Bailout? It Just Wasn’t Generous Enough|Daniel Gross|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another memorable, if not disastrous, misstep, of course, was his turn as Batman in Batman and Robin.
Fortunately they were all removed previous to the disastrous fire of Jan. 11, 1879.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
But the keeping of the secret, which did not last long, was nevertheless fraught with disastrous consequences for my future.The Memoirs of Madame Vige Lebrun|Marie Louise Elisabeth Vige-Lebrun
For this time Pitt's political wisdom had saved England from a disastrous breach with her colonies.A History of England, Period III.|Rev. J. Franck Bright
In the din of arms, his command was not understood, and the consequence was the disastrous result we have named.Great Events in the History of North and South America|Charles A. Goodrich
Had they succeeded, the result might have been disastrous to the whole Canadian line and involved others.
Word Origin and History for disastrous
1580s, "ill-starred," from French désastreux (16c.), from désastre (see disaster) or from Italian desastroso. Meaning "calamitous" is from c.1600. Related: Disastrously.