Part of speech: noun

Crushing misfortune; a calamity.

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Usage examples "disaster":

  1. " As I was saying," he broke in rapidly, " the expedition met with disaster by sea. - "The Wheel O' Fortune", Louis Tracy.
  2. The emperor, on his return, found the nation astounded at so unusual a disaster. - "History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814", F. A. M. Miguet.
  3. We always have a season of great anxiety and disaster until the bonnet question is settled. - "A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches", Sarah Orne Jewett.