Definition of calamitous:
contraband, pitch-black, opprobrious, portentous, inglorious, fateful, grim, shameful, pitch-dark, black, ruinous, foreboding, help, fatal, black-market, smutty, dark, ruinous, disastrous, dim, bootleg, blackened, unfortunate, cataclysmal, smuggled, cataclysmic, ignominious, bleak, mordant.
- adverse (part of speech: adjective)
- destructive (part of speech: adjective)
- evil (part of speech: adjective)
- baneful (part of speech: adjective)
- "The Scottish Chiefs", Jane Porter.
The woman then took both my hands, and pressing them to his stomach, held them there for some time, while she related some calamitous history of her family; pointing sometimes to her husband, sometimes to a frightful cripple belonging to the family, and sometimes to her child.- "A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16", Robert Kerr.
Self- sacrifice which is sought after, and triumphed in, is usually foolish; and calamitous in its issue: and by the sentimental proclamation and pursuit of it, good people have not only made most of their own lives useless, but the whole framework of their religion so hollow, that at this moment, while the English nation, with its lips, pretends to teach every man to " love his neighbor as himself," with its hands and feet it clutches and tramples like a wild beast; and practically lives, every soul of it that can, on other people's labor.- "The Ethics of the Dust", John Ruskin.