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Noun: disaster  di'zã-stu(r)
  1. A state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune
    "his policies were a disaster";
    - catastrophe
     
  2. An event resulting in great loss and misfortune
    "the earthquake was a disaster";
    - calamity, catastrophe, tragedy, cataclysm
     
  3. An act that has disastrous consequences

Derived forms: disasters

Type of: adversity, bad luck, destruction, devastation, hard knocks, hardship, misfortune

Encyclopedia: Disaster, Preparedness and Response Team