disaster

[ dih-zas-ter, -zah-ster ]SEE DEFINITION OF disaster
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On Sidney—and in less measure, of course, on K.—fell the real brunt of the disaster.

So he caught their minds as he had caught the Stick, swinging back from disaster.

Verily their way shall be filled with disaster; lo, then we shall rest.

No good can come of it—no good has ever come of it—nothing but disaster and trouble.

On Mike's face was a map of disaster; the disaster might be trivial or great.

He had veritably saved her father from disaster; had saved her from—from many things.

In the Ojibwa tongue, disaster; an unexpected affliction that strikes hard.

Our disaster was too awful, and the pathos of that solitary survivor too piercing.

Doctor Chassaigne's story was one of disaster, the shipwreck of a life.

He that does not believe is like a battlefield, the scene of every disaster.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, from Middle French désastre (1560s), from Italian disastro "ill-starred," from dis-, here merely pejorative (see dis-) + astro "star, planet," from Latin astrum, from Greek astron (see star (n.)). The sense is astrological, of a calamity blamed on an unfavorable position of a planet.

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