The Etymology of “Disaster” and the Meaning of “Disaster” Throughout Antiquity

The term "disaster" is derived from the Latin "dis" meaning "bad/negative" and "aster/astrum" meaning "star/comet" because any time an ancient culture observed a comet, they would interpret it as a sign from the God's of impending doom. The term "disaster" came to mean "ill-starred event" in Italian as time progressed...

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