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disaster

noun [C or U]
 
 
/dɪˈzɑːstər/
a sudden event that causes a lot of damage, such as a very bad fire, storm, or accident: Insurance companies often charge extra to cover floods, earthquakes, or other natural disasters.
an extremely bad situation that can destroy a company’s plans, success, or ability to operate: mean/spell disaster for sb A crash in real estate prices would mean financial disaster for the housing lenders. The $7.48 billion takeover quickly turned into a major disaster.
Translations of “disaster”
in Arabic كارِثة, نَكْبة…
in Korean 재난, 재앙…
in Malaysian bencana…
in French désastre…
in Turkish felaket, âfet, yıkım…
in Italian disastro…
in Chinese (Traditional) 災難,大禍…
in Russian бедствие, катастрофа…
in Polish klęska, katastrofa…
in Vietnamese tai họa…
in Spanish desastre…
in Portuguese desastre…
in Thai ความหายนะ…
in German die Katastrophe…
in Catalan desastre…
in Japanese 災害, 大惨事, 大失敗…
in Indonesian bencana…
in Chinese (Simplified) 灾难,大祸…
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