[ US /dɪˈzæstɝ/ ]
[ UK /dˌɪsˈɑːstɐ/ ]
NOUN
  1. an act that has disastrous consequences
  2. 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
  3. an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
    the earthquake was a disaster
    the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity
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How To Use disaster In A Sentence

  • Critics argue it was only Lottery money and government cash that prevented the Games from being a financial disaster.
  • When faced with serious disasters, countries often declare a formal state of emergency.
  • Guardian International correspondent Jonathan Steele called Bush's and Blair's denial of the horrors attending the Iraq civil war "Panglossian" - referring to the ever optimistic Dr. Pangloss of Voltaire's novel Candide who, at every disaster, proclaims that ours is the best of all possible worlds. Surge to Purge: The 80% Solution in Iraq
  • And it was fine for all the media celebs to go to a ball game but it was a total disaster for Kerry to do so.
  • India's reply was a total disaster, with wickets falling too rapidly due to run-outs.
  • The investigation will try to find out where the guilt for the disaster really lies.
  • At the Bradford football stadium disaster on 11 May 1985, 56 fans were killed when a stand burnt down.
  • At home in Harrogate, Leon's mother watched as news of the disaster broke, knowing of her son's plan to dive on Boxing Day.
  • I'm still unsure about this one; it could turn out really cool, or an absolute disaster ... my main motivation is that i don't wanna spend money on a haircut. decisions, decisions purchase any of the following: Kindle, iPod Touch, or MacBook Archive 2009-02-01
  • Australia plays a leading role in advancing APEC's responses to human security issues such as communicable diseases, emergency disaster relief preparedness, counter-terrorism, climate change and energy security. Australia Strengthens APEC
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