(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. dramatic, melodramatic; dire, disastrous. See drama.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. catastrophic, fateful, fatal, calamitous, disastrous, dire, ill-fated, pitiful, terrible, dreadful, awe-inspiring, deathly, deadly, unfortunate, unhappy, sad, painful, grim, appalling, crushing, heart-rending, heartbreaking, lamentable, shocking, harrowing, desoLating, ill-starred, hapless, ruinous, baleful, destructive.
Ant. happy*, joyous, rollicking.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
disastrous, unfortunate, catastrophic, calamitous, sad, heartbreaking, unlucky, shocking, unhappy, crushing, dreadful, terrible, grievous, pitiful, wretched, lamentable, horrible.
ANT.: blessed, good, wonderful, fortunate

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