Definition of disastrously in English:



  • 1In a way that causes great damage.

    ‘the economy has been disastrously mismanaged’
    • ‘At the Battle of Courtrai in 1302, the French army was disastrously defeated by Flemish burghers.’
    • ‘The unsuccessful campaign ended disastrously with the death of five-sixths of the colonial soldiery.’
    • ‘The disastrously negative effects on investors ' morale cannot be denied.’
    • ‘There is nervousness in military circles that such a war could backfire disastrously.’
    • ‘Expeditions which are decided upon and organised with insufficient care generally end disastrously.’
    • ‘Now fox populations have dropped disastrously.’
    • ‘One of the helicopters disastrously crashed on the Mull of Kintyre in 1994.’
    • ‘It is undeniable that the aftermath of the remarkable military victory has been disastrously handled.’
    • ‘The anorexia sufferer is more likely to become disastrously underweight, while the bulimic will vary between the extremes of "normal".’
    • ‘Having seen many of her students become disastrously addicted to drugs, she determined to kill the drug trafficker.’
    1. 1.1 In an extremely unsuccessful way.
      ‘the party fared disastrously in by-elections’
      as submodifier ‘the mission went disastrously wrong’
      • ‘Even when a company is right about the technology, it's all too easy for it to be disastrously early for the market.’
      • ‘They each share one trait in common: they are all ceaselessly, painfully, disastrously unfunny.’
      • ‘Parsons, a good actress who has disastrously taken up directing in recent years, directed the whole silly adventure.’
      • ‘Wells was married twice: firstly, and disastrously, in 1891 to his cousin, Isabel.’
      • ‘During his mayorship, he demonstrated great administrative ability but a disastrously ill-tuned political antenna.’
      • ‘It is now 12 years since our rail system was disastrously privatised and allowed to run down.’
      • ‘He says the coach made some terrible errors and described the Lions as having done "disastrously badly" in New Zealand.’
      • ‘No doubt the Labor Party will be spending a lot of time, money and energy analysing how it so disastrously lost the election.’
      • ‘The whole saga is starting to look disastrously dated.’
      • ‘As Mr. Taranto points out, a closer examination of the facts might have prevented Mr. Buchanan from being so disastrously mistaken.’