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Definition of disaster:

  1. An adverse or unfortunate event, esp. a sudden and extraordinary misfortune; a calamity; a serious mishap.
  2. An unpropitious or baleful aspect of a planet or star; malevolent influence of a heavenly body; hence, an ill portent.
  3. To blast by the influence of a baleful star.
  4. To bring harm upon; to injure.

Synonyms:

bust, frost, bankruptcy, crash, shipwreck, happening, exigency, evil day, loser, adverse happening, harm, bomb, flood, calamity, collision, apocalypse, fizzle, setback, extremity, crushing reverse, blow, act of God, adventure, fell stroke, turkey, smashup, whoops, tragedy, ruination, catastrophe, flop, hap, miss, accident, fiasco, visitation, blaze, crash landing, collapse, terrible accident, cataclysm, dud, contingency, debacle, crackup, bummer, great mishap, underachiever, fortuity, second best, clunker, comedown, slip, dead duck, quitter, a spent force, upset, downfall, help, blast, bale, fall, wreck, overthrow, lame duck, defeat, sinking, clinker, ill luck, depression, fire, lemon, holocaust, mischance, hazard, washout, also-ran, possibility, own goal, cave-in, oops, emergency, incident, sudden misfortune, gathering clouds, failure, undoing, chance, scourge.

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