Calamitous is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of calamitous, followed by 37 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
EXAMPLES - Calamitous in a Sentence
- Ken Clarke warns Tories against making 'calamitous' cuts (source)
- Accidental spillage in these areas would be "calamitous". (source)
- That is what is most calamitous, that is the most dramatic. (source)
- None of these events has been calamitous for the stock market. (source)
- Hope it will not create a calamitous havoc in your enchanting garden. (source)
- There's something fun about seeing the word 'calamitous' used about the (source)
- Such an attack would truly be "calamitous" -- to use the same description as the (source)
- We must assume, operationally, that at least one calamitous hurricane will impact Haiti this year. (source)
- A note to homeowners: the calamitous decline in your home's value during the last year may be slowing. (source)
- The escapade takes a calamitous turn when Baby, wielding a cutlass, robs a fellow prospector of his haul. (source)
- In large measure, of course, any calamitous recession is going to produce a big chunk of long-term unemployed. (source)
- By this it appears that it was advisable and seasonable only in calamitous times, and times of present distress, 1 (source)
- In a grim assessment of the "calamitous" state of the economy, the former chancellor says he does not envisage "a quick rebound". (source)
- In his essay, he chronicles the calamitous events when the Tribune Company of Chicago acquired Times Mirror Company of Los Angeles. (source)
- We will recall the calamitous response to that disaster, during which some kids weren't reunited with their families for up to six months. (source)
- A so-called limited war will leave little more than a calamitous legacy of human suffering, political turmoil, and spiritual disillusionment. (source)
- "He (Obama) had to decide whether he was going to act to fix it or stand back ... and that would have been calamitous for the American economy." (source)
- 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. (source)
- If he leaves a wounded and therefore more malleable commander in place, he will have shown a calamitous weakness masquerading as political cleverness. (source)
- Three of these very young Makahomians sat playi ng with a calamitous confusion of kittens tumbling and bumbling all over them, the mothers, and the room. (source)
- He was attacked by Sid Vicious wielding a bike chain in the 100 Club, and the effect on Kent's already enfeebled lifestyle was unsurprisingly "calamitous". (source)
- A calamitous error by Ross Turnbull helped Martin Jol's Ajax to a comfortable win over a young Chelsea side in their pre-season friendly fixture in Amsterdam. (source)
- 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." (source)
- And if this team does blow the wild-card race, it wouldn't just be a mildly embarrassing meltdown; it would rank among the 10 most calamitous in baseball over the past 70 years. (source)
- Another financial expert agreed, saying that the damage created by a megabank failure would be "calamitous," since it could lead to more job losses and even tighter credit conditions. (source)
- While Gates said the Pentagon could live with those trims, he warned lawmakers at the time not to go deeper, saying further reductions would be "risky at best and potentially calamitous." (source)
- Mr Clarke, who was chancellor of the exchequer in the last Conservative government, described the current economic situation as "calamitous" and warned that there would be no "quick rebound". (source)
- Angela Eagle, Labour's shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said: "What we are seeing today is the latest calamitous episode of this government's completely chaotic way of running the country." (source)
- 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. (source)
- And with what already looks like acute prescience, Judt said that the calamitous war in Iraq "will in retrospect be seen, I believe, to have precipitated the onset of America's alienation from its Israeli ally". (source)
- Such action as has been taken by them in sympathy with the present labor troubles may, if continued, lead to a serious conflict, the outcome of which might be most calamitous for the business and industrial interests of San Francisco. (source)
- 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. (source)
- It was a signal failure of jointness and "air-land battle," and attributable to the growing problem of "friendly fire" -- far more dangerous to the coalition than Iraqi fire -- and to fears in Washington that a second "highway of death" would be politically calamitous for America's image. (source)
- I don't doubt that any kind of calamitous event to befall an ecosystem, resulting in a massive drop in population, offers great opportunities for those lucky enough to survive, and that this will mean that the subsequent course of evolution is markedly changed from what it would have been. (source)
- Not only can oral health offer a clue to heart health, but teeth also offer a tip-off to your weaknesses and vices -- cavities indicating excess sugar consumption, stains showing you're a smoker and even the calamitous and notorious tooth and gum rot caused by abuse of drugs, especially methamphetamines. (source)
- Just when we thought it was impossible for the calamitous George Bush and Svengali Dick Cheney to do any more damage to the world or to America's interests, they loosed one final Parthian shaft into the heart of the Mideast by giving Israel a green light to blitz Gaza and try to exterminate the Hamas movement. (source)
- With all their woes, the last thing Haitians needed was the calamitous earthquake (the most severe in the region in over 200 years) that struck Port-au-Prince, surrounding areas, and other parts of the country on January 12 at about 5PM (2200 GMT), devastating the capital, possibly killing hundreds of thousands, injuring many more, and disrupting the lives of millions of people already overwhelmed by other crushing hardships. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 37 example sentences provided below is 47.0, which suggests that "calamitous" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 21 synonyms for calamitous.
adverse, afflictive, blighting, cataclysmic, catastrophic, deadly, deplorable, devastating, dire, fatal, grievous, harmful, heartbreaking, lamentable, messy, pernicious, regrettable, ruinous, unfavorable, unfortunate, woeful
We have 17 antonyms for calamitous.
advantageous, blessed, comforting, favorable, fortunate, good, happy, harmless, healthful, helpful, joyous, lucky, nice, trivial, unimportant, wholesome, wonderful
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of calamitous from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Causing or involving calamity; disastrous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Concerning or involving calamity, disastrous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Suffering calamity; wretched; miserable.
- (adjective) Producing, or attended with distress and misery; making wretched; wretched; unhappy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Miserable; involved in calamity or deep distress; wretched.
- (None) 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.
- (None) Synonyms Afflictive, disastrous, distressing, grievous, deplorable, baleful, ruinous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin