Meaning of DISASTER in English

n. 1 a great or sudden misfortune. 2 a a complete failure. b a person or enterprise ending in failure. disastrous adj. disastrously adv.

[ orig. 'unfavourable aspect of a star', f. F désastre or It. disastro (as DIS-, astro f. L astrum star) ]

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