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I hope I'm wrong, but I am afraid that Iraq is going to turn out to be the greatest disaster in American foreign policy - worse than Vietnam, not in the number who died, but in terms of its unintended consequences and its reverberation throughout the region.
Madeleine Albright

Meaning of "disaster" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DISASTER

(Originally in the sense: malevolent astral influence): from Italian disastro, from dis- (pejorative) + astro star, from Latin astrum, from Greek astron.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF DISASTER

disaster  [dɪˈzɑːstə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DISASTER

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Disaster is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES DISASTER MEAN IN ENGLISH?

disaster

Disaster

A disaster is a natural or man-made hazard resulting in an event of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life, or drastic change to the environment. A disaster can be ostensively defined as any tragic event stemming from events such as earthquakes, floods, catastrophic accidents, fires, or explosions. It is a phenomenon that can cause damage to life and property and destroy the economic, social and cultural life of people. In contemporary academia, disasters are seen as the consequence of inappropriately managed risk. These risks are the product of a combination of both hazard/s and vulnerability. Hazards that strike in areas with low vulnerability will never become disasters, as is the case in uninhabited regions. Developing countries suffer the greatest costs when a disaster hits – more than 95 percent of all deaths caused by disasters occur in developing countries, and losses due to natural disasters are 20 times greater in developing countries than in industrialized countries.

Definition of disaster in the English dictionary

The definition of disaster in the dictionary is an occurrence that causes great distress or destruction. Other definition of disaster is a thing, project, etc, that fails or has been ruined.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DISASTER


alabaster
ˈæləˌbɑːstə
blaster
ˈblɑːstə
broadcaster
ˈbrɔːdkɑːstə
caster
ˈkɑːstə
castor
ˈkɑːstə
faster
ˈfɑːstə
forecaster
ˈfɔːkɑːstə
grandmaster
ˈɡrændˌmɑːstə
headmaster
ˌhɛdˈmɑːstə
laster
ˈlɑːstə
master
ˈmɑːstə
pastor
ˈpɑːstə
plaster
ˈplɑːstə
postmaster
ˈpəʊstˌmɑːstə
quizmaster
ˈkwɪzˌmɑːstə
remaster
riːˈmɑːstə
spymaster
ˈspaɪmɑːstə
taskmaster
ˈtɑːskˌmɑːstə
telecaster
ˈtelɪˌkɑːstə
webmaster
ˈwɛbˌmɑːstə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DISASTER

disarticulation
disarticulator
disassemble
disassembler
disassembly
disassimilate
disassimilation
disassimilative
disassociate
disassociation
disaster area
disaster capitalism
disaster fund
disaster movie
disaster relief
disaster zone
disastrous
disastrously
disattire
disattribution

WORDS THAT END LIKE DISASTER

aster
coaster
cotoneaster
Doncaster
Easter
emotional roller coaster
Grand Master
Lancaster
manchester
natural disaster
pilaster
pinaster
raster
roaster
roller coaster
roller-coaster
senior master
taster
the master
toaster
weather forecaster

Synonyms and antonyms of disaster in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DISASTER»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «disaster» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of disaster

Translation of «disaster» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DISASTER

Find out the translation of disaster to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of disaster from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «disaster» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

灾难
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

desastre
570 millions of speakers

English

disaster
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

आपदा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

كارِثَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

бедствие
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

desastre
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বিপর্যয়
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

désastre
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Bencana
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Katastrophe
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

災害
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

재난
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Bilai
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thảm họa
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பேரழிவு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

आपत्ती
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

afet
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

disastro
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

katastrofa
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

катастрофа
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

dezastru
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

καταστροφή
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

ramp
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

katastrof
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

katastrofe
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of disaster

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DISASTER»

The term «disaster» is very widely used and occupies the 7.565 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DISASTER» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «disaster» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «disaster» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about disaster

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10 QUOTES WITH «DISASTER»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word disaster.
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Madeleine Albright
I hope I'm wrong, but I am afraid that Iraq is going to turn out to be the greatest disaster in American foreign policy - worse than Vietnam, not in the number who died, but in terms of its unintended consequences and its reverberation throughout the region.
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A. R. Ammons
If a poem is each time new, then it is necessarily an act of discovery, a chance taken, a chance that may lead to fulfillment or disaster.
3
Elizabeth Bishop
The art of losing isn't hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster.
4
William Throsby Bridges
Much as we may wish to make a new beginning, some part of us resists doing so as though we were making the first step toward disaster.
5
Avery Brooks
Knowledge is going to make you stronger. Knowledge is going to let you control your life. Knowledge is going to give you the wisdom to teach their children. Knowledge is the thing that makes you smile in the face of disaster.
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Russ Carnahan
Americans rightly asked, if this is the way our government responds to a natural disaster it knew about days in advance, how would it respond to a surprise terrorist attack? How would it respond to an earthquake?
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Chris Chocola
Having said that, I believe we must not compound the natural disaster of Katrina by creating a fiscal disaster in Congress - it is our duty to ensure that we reign in other government spending in any event, and especially in this time of national emergency.
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Rory Cochrane
I try not to think about negative thoughts and possibilities and disaster and things like that.
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Mike Crapo
A major part of being prepared is having a plan. Local calls don't always work in the immediate vicinity of a disaster, so it's important to have an out-of-town contact with whom the entire family can check in.
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David Crystal
Texting has added a new dimension to language use, but its long-term impact is negligible. It is not a disaster.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DISASTER»

Discover the use of disaster in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to disaster and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Beautiful Disaster: A Novel
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl.
Jamie McGuire, 2012
2
Masters of Disaster
Twelve-year-old Henry's grand adventures spell disaster for best chums Riley and Reed, who always seems to land in a pile of "smelly goo."
Gary Paulsen, 2011
3
Disaster Management and Preparedness
Detailing methods for preparing organizations for disasters, this book discusses not only tried and true tactics, but also areas often overlooked during the reactive and post-disaster phases.
Larry R. Collins, 2000
4
Disaster!
Others, like the nucleardisaster of Chernobyl, are the result of our own technology. This book looks atboth types of disaster, and at what we can learn from them.
Mary McIntosh, 1999
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Disaster Recovery
Designed for professional and classroom use, this volume thoroughly covers the disaster recovery process, offering vital insight into the evolving field of emergency management.
Brenda D. Phillips, 2011
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Disaster Management in Archives, Libraries and Museums
This important book assesses the current state of disaster management in archives, libraries and museums in the UK and around the world, and provides recommendations for addressing current and future threats.
Graham Matthews, Yvonne Smith, Gemma Knowles, 2009
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Disaster Management
This Book Contains Seven Chapters, Each Dealing With One Major Natural Disaster Encountered In Our Country. Each Of The Authors Is An Expert In That Particular Field.
Harsh K. Gupta, 2003
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Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security
This is a book that no American can afford to ignore.
Robert Block, Christopher Cooper, 2007
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Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness: for Chemical, ...
"What a wonderful resource!"--Doody's Medical Reviews "In this third edition Dr. Veenema continues her mission to help our nation's nurses develop the knowledge and skills needed to efficiently and effectively respond to disasters.
Tener Goodwin Veenema, 2012
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Dealing with Disaster: Public Management in Crisis Situations
The book includes numerous illustrations as well as expanded coverage of research on disaster management and greatly expanded reference lists.
Saundra K. Schneider, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DISASTER»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term disaster is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Social engagement aids disaster preparedness - Phys.org
Community participation and strong social networks can aid preparedness to natural disaster such as tsunamis in vulnerable regions, shows ... «Phys.Org, Jul 15»
2
Gov. Larry Hogan points to Rodney King riot in disaster aid appeal
Larry Hogan points to Rodney King riot in disaster aid appeal. AB Mart. Caption AB Mart. Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun. AB Mart was hit twice by ... «Baltimore Sun, Jul 15»
3
House GOP Effort Would Tap Disaster Fund for Some Wildfires …
With a House vote expected this week, GOP lawmakers added the federal disaster language to the bill, something the Obama administration ... «ABC News, Jul 15»
4
Disaster assistance teams visiting 9 Arkansas counties - THV11.com
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are visiting residents in ... «THV 11, Jul 15»
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Disaster survivor assistance teams visit Arkansas - THV11.com
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (FEMA) – The residents of nine Arkansas counties included in a federal disaster declaration may see FEMA's ... «THV 11, Jul 15»
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Federal disaster declared after June flooding in Wyoming …
(AP) - Homes and businesses damaged by flooding in Niobrara and Johnson counties can seek federal aid thanks to a federal disaster ... «Washington Times, Jul 15»
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SungardASVoice: 6 Ways To Royally Screw Up Your Disaster
Disaster recovery planning: it's essential to business resilience, business continuity, business agility and all those other buzz words you see ... «Forbes, Jul 15»
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The inevitability of disaster — crashes in Tour's treacherous first …
Crash carnage on Wednesday sent more riders home from the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. AMIENS, France (VN) ... «velonews.competitor.com, Jul 15»
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VIDEO: Crane accident almost ends in disaster - 10News.com KGTV …
X. Crane accident almost ended in disaster ... at the Escondido Transit Center sent workers running for their lives and almost ended in disaster. «10News, Jul 15»
10
Smith: Transparency needed in SBA disaster loan program
WASHINGTON – Superstorm Sandy victims who accepted federal disaster loans for their homes were never told that doing so could make them ... «Asbury Park Press, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Disaster [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/disaster>. Apr 2020 ».
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