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disaster

Pronunciation: /dɪˈzæstər; dɪˈzɑːstə(r)/

Translation of disaster in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1 countable/numerable (flood, earthquake) catástrofe (feminine), desastre (masculine); (crash, sinking) siniestro (masculine), desastre (masculine) (before noun/delante del nombre) disaster fund fondo (masculine) para los damnificados disaster relief ayuda (feminine) en caso de catástrofe or desastre
    Example sentences
    • Hurricane Katrina will be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history by a factor of five.
    • The horrific devastation caused by this tsunami may be the worst natural disaster in recent history.
    • And President Bush is offering U.S. aid and condolences to people affected by the Asian tsunami disaster.
  • 2 countable/numerable 2.1 (fiasco) desastre (masculine) a catalog of disasters una serie de desastres or de calamidades 2.2 (hopeless person) [colloquial/familiar] desastre (masculine) [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • And it was fine for all the media celebs to go to a ball game but it was a total disaster for Kerry to do so.
    • He's had a very hard time. His current situation is a total disaster.
    • Maize, a relatively new crop, is looking like a total disaster, according to Mr Dempsey.
    Example sentences
    • But a series of personal disasters and financial ruin triggered a mental disorder that was to turn the father of two into a killer.
    • The suite contains the computers and equipment necessary to help a small business function in the event of a company disaster.
    • It was recognised as such by the Iraqi people, but the subsequent handling of events was a disaster.
  • 3 uncountable/no numerable (misfortune) disaster struck ocurrió or se produjo una catástrofe to be doomed to disaster estar* condenado al fracaso the talks ended in disaster las conversaciones acabaron en un fracaso total the vacation ended in disaster las vacaciones acabaron de forma desastrosa

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