from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Causing or involving calamity; disastrous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Concerning or involving calamity, disastrous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Suffering calamity; wretched; miserable.
- adj. Producing, or attended with distress and misery; making wretched; wretched; unhappy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
By this it appears that it was advisable and seasonable only in calamitous times, and times of present distress, 1
To give to them who are thus marked an assurance of God's favour, that they may know it themselves; and the comfort of knowing it will be the most powerful support and cordial in calamitous times.
Such an attack would truly be "calamitous" -- to use the same description as the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen.
Such an attack would truly be "calamitous" -- to use the same description as the
We will recall the calamitous response to that disaster, during which some kids weren't reunited with their families for up to six months.
Rather than be an alarmist and claim that Global Warming caused it, lets turn what the Al Gores of the world would call a calamitous event into a situation that actually creates jobs and economic prosperity.
I'm not sure I would want to turn Goodwin's sympathies on, say, Woodrow Wilson, lest personal feeling claim a larger portion of her focus than the long-term calamitous consequences of a president's good intentions; but cynicism doesn't get anyone very far with Lincoln.
That is what is most calamitous, that is the most dramatic.
Izzard, who is presently treading the boards on Broadway in David Mamet's play Race, describes the Deepwater Horizon disaster as "calamitous" but wonders whether BP is solely responsible.
And this reminds me -- you'll remember when the time Likud came to power in the late '80s and similar terms were used then, "calamitous," "earthquake," "shattering event."