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Meaning of DISASTER

Pronunciation:  di'zastur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an act that has disastrous consequences
  2. [n]  an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
  3. [n]  a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune; "lack of funds has resulted in a catastrophe for our school system"; "his policies were a disaster"

DISASTER is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, catastrophe, tragedy
 See Also: act of God, adversity, apocalypse, bad luck, destruction, devastation, force majeure, hardship, inevitable accident, kiss of death, misfortune, plague, unavoidable casualty, vis major, visitation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*as"ter\, n. [F. d['e]sastre; pref. d['e]s- (L.
    dis-) + astre star, fr. L. astrum; a word of astrological
    origin. See {Aster}, {Astral}, {Star}.]
    1. An unpropitious or baleful aspect of a planet or star;
       malevolent influence of a heavenly body; hence, an ill
       portent. [Obs.]
             Disasters in the sun.                 --Shak.
    2. An adverse or unfortunate event, esp. a sudden and
       extraordinary misfortune; a calamity; a serious mishap.
             But noble souls, through dust and heat, Rise from
             disaster and defeat The stronger.     --Longfellow.
    Syn: Calamity; misfortune; mishap; mischance; visitation;
         misadventure; ill luck. See {Calamity}.
  2. \Dis*as"ter\, v. t.
    1. To blast by the influence of a baleful star. [Obs.] --Sir
       P. Sidney.
    2. To bring harm upon; to injure. [R.] --Thomson.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are in a disaster, represents your fear of change. You are afraid of not knowing what is in store for you in the future.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: accident, act of God, adversity, apoplexy, blow, breakdown, breaking up, breakup, calamity, casualty, cataclysm, catastrophe, cave, cave-in, climax, collapse, collision, contretemps, convulsion, crack-up, crash, debacle, diastrophism, distress, fatal accident, fatality, fit, grief, ill hap, misadventure, mischance, misfortune, mishap, nasty blow, overthrow, paroxysm, pileup, quake, reverse, rocks, shipwreck, shock, smash, smashup, spasm, staggering blow, stroke, temblor, tidal wave, total loss, tragedy, trouble, tsunami, upheaval, violent death, washout, wrack, wreck