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 for Disaster
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Disaster \Dis*as"ter\, n. [F. d['e]sastre; pref. d['e]s- (L.
     dis-) + astre star, fr. L. astrum; a word of astrological
     origin. See Aster, Astral, Star.]
     1. An unpropitious or baleful aspect of a planet or star;
        malevolent influence of a heavenly body; hence, an ill
        portent. [Obs.]
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              Disasters in the sun.                 --Shak.
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     2. An adverse or unfortunate event, esp. a sudden and
        extraordinary misfortune; a calamity; a serious mishap.
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              But noble souls, through dust and heat,
              Rise from disaster and defeat
              The stronger.                         --Longfellow.
     Syn: Calamity; misfortune; mishap; mischance; visitation;
          misadventure; ill luck. See Calamity.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Disaster \Dis*as"ter\, v. t.
     1. To blast by the influence of a baleful star. [Obs.] --Sir
        P. Sidney.
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     2. To bring harm upon; to injure. [R.] --Thomson.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and
           misfortune; "lack of funds has resulted in a catastrophe
           for our school system"; "his policies were a disaster"
           [syn: catastrophe, disaster]
      2: an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole
         city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the
         earthquake was a disaster" [syn: calamity, catastrophe,
         disaster, tragedy, cataclysm]
      3: an act that has disastrous consequences

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  58 Moby Thesaurus words for "disaster":
     accident, act of God, adversity, apoplexy, blow, breakdown,
     breaking up, breakup, calamity, casualty, cataclysm, catastrophe,
     cave, cave-in, climax, collapse, collision, contretemps,
     convulsion, crack-up, crash, debacle, diastrophism, distress,
     fatal accident, fatality, fit, grief, ill hap, misadventure,
     mischance, misfortune, mishap, nasty blow, overthrow, paroxysm,
     pileup, quake, reverse, rocks, shipwreck, shock, smash, smashup,
     spasm, staggering blow, stroke, temblor, tidal wave, total loss,
     tragedy, trouble, tsunami, upheaval, violent death, washout, wrack,

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