[ dih-zas-truh s, -zah-struh s ]
/ dɪˈzæs trəs, -ˈzɑ strəs /


causing great distress or injury; ruinous; very unfortunate; calamitous: The rain and cold proved disastrous to his health.
Archaic. foreboding disaster.

Origin of disastrous

1580–90; < Middle French desastreux, Italian disastroso. See disaster, -ous
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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.

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