50 alternatives to the word ‘disaster’

If a ‘setback’ has dealt you or your client a ‘staggering blow,’ you can write about the ‘calamity’ with one or more options from this list.

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Bluster, braggadocio, misstatements, lies, deflections, words that aren’t words and mixed and mangled metaphors have littered the messages with which we’ve been bombarded.

One word stands out as having been flung around the most: “disaster.”

Over the past 16 months, this word has been tossed around more haphazardly than dirty clothes in a dorm room. It’s been so overused that it’s lost its meaning.

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The English language offers a multitude of alternatives to “disaster” and “disastrous.” In the interest of keeping our language fresh and varying our words, here are several dozen alternatives:

1. adversity

2. affliction

3. bane

4. bitter pill

5. blight

6. breakdown

7. break up

8. cataclysm

9. calamity

10. catastrophe

11. collapse

12. crash

13. crushing

14. debacle

15. defeat

16. depression

17. destructive

18. disheartening

19. dire

20. downfall

21. eruption

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