from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Causing or involving calamity; disastrous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Miserable; involved in calamity or deep distress; wretched.
  • Of the nature of or marked by calamity or great misfortune; bringing or resulting from calamity; making wretched; distressing or distressful: as, a calamitous event; “that calamitous prison,” Milton, S.A.,1. 1480; “this sad and calamitous condition,” South.
  • Synonyms Afflictive, disastrous, distressing, grievous, deplorable, baleful, ruinous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Suffering calamity; wretched; miserable.
  • adjective Producing, or attended with distress and misery; making wretched; wretched; unhappy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Concerning or involving calamity, disastrous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin


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From calamity +‎ -ous


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