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ca·lam·i·ty

 (kə-lăm′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. ca·lam·i·ties
1. An event that brings terrible loss, lasting distress, or severe affliction; a disaster: A hurricane would be a calamity for this low-lying coastal region.
2. Dire distress resulting from loss or tragedy.

[Middle English calamite, from Old French, from Latin calamitās.]

calamity

(kəˈlæmɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. a disaster or misfortune, esp one causing extreme havoc, distress, or misery
2. a state or feeling of deep distress or misery
[C15: from French calamité, from Latin calamitās; related to Latin incolumis uninjured]

ca•lam•i•ty

(kəˈlæm ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. a great misfortune or disaster; catastrophe.
2. grievous affliction; misery: the calamity of war.
[1375–1425; late Middle English calamite < Middle French < Latin calamitās]
syn: See disaster.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calamity - an event resulting in great loss and misfortunecalamity - an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
misfortune, bad luck - unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
act of God, force majeure, inevitable accident, unavoidable casualty, vis major - a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events; "he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God"
apocalypse - a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil
famine - a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death
kiss of death - something that is ruinous; "if this were known it would be the kiss of death for my political career"
meltdown - a disaster comparable to a nuclear meltdown; "there is little likelihood of a meltdown comparable to the American banking collapse in March 1933"
plague - any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)
visitation - any disaster or catastrophe; "a visitation of the plague"
tidal wave - an unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide
tsunami - a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic eruption; "a colossal tsunami destroyed the Minoan civilization in minutes"

calamity

noun disaster, tragedy, ruin, distress, reverse of fortune, hardship, catastrophe, woe, misfortune, downfall, adversity, scourge, mishap, affliction, trial, tribulation, misadventure, cataclysm, wretchedness, mischance This course of action could only end in calamity.
help, benefit, advantage, blessing, good luck, boon, good fortune
Quotations
"Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]

calamity

noun
An occurrence inflicting widespread destruction and distress:
Translations
نَكْبَةٌ، فاجِعَه
neštěstípohroma
katastrofeulykke
ógæfa, hörmulegt slys
baisi nelaimė
liela nelaimelikstaposts
belâfelâket

calamity

[kəˈlæmɪtɪ] Ncalamidad f, desastre m

calamity

[kəˈlæmɪti] ncalamité f, désastre m

calamity

nKatastrophe f

calamity

[kəˈlæmɪtɪ] ncalamità f inv

calamity

(kəˈlӕməti) plural caˈlamities noun
a great misfortune. It will be a calamity if he fails his exam.
caˈlamitous adjective
References in classic literature ?
So he swooped down upon the boasting bird and was about to destroy him, when the vanquished Cock came out of his hiding-place, and between the two the Hawk was calamitously defeated.
Knocked down in her 500m final on the opening Saturday of the Games, Christie swiftly re-focused on the 1500m, which ended in her sliding calamitously into the barriers on the final bend of her semi-final.
But the GOP could, in essence, recognize that the voters of Alabama made a choice, and even if Republicans nationwide viewed it as a calamitously bad choice, Moore is still a senator until the end of his (shortened) term.
Now, as contradictory accounts about elements of the ambush are trickling out, frustrated members of Congress are demanding answers about how a shadowy mission in a remote region of Africa ended so calamitously.
Tandy had welcomed back Alun Wyn Jones to the line-up and also fielded Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar in an attempt to succeed where Leinster had failed so calamitously the previous weekend.
Donald Trump, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, a snap election that calamitously rebounded: It sometimes feels as though 50 years of politics have been compressed into just two.
The arches will form the core of a decidedly 21st century structure, replacing, resurrecting and restoring the 19th century bridge, which was calamitously damaged in last year's Boxing Day floods.
And every one of these efforts has failed, often calamitously.
But as the treacherous Chinesa picked off the leading contenders - Vincenzo Nibali, Sergio Henao, Richie Porte and, calamitously, Britain's Geraint Thomas all hit the deck when they were wellplaced to make the podium - the Brits trailed home in no man's land between the medals and the peloton.
But as the treacherous Chinesa picked off the leading contenders - Vincenzo Nibali, Sergio Henao, Richie Porte and, calamitously, Britain's Geraint Thomas all hit the deck when they were well-placed to make the podium - the Brits trailed home in no man's land between the medals and the peloton.
But Brendan Rodgers is working with a group of players who performed calamitously on the continent last season so he'll have his work cut out.
In Greimas's account, the Spanish Habsburgs courageously but calamitously kept faith with medieval values even amidst a changing early modern world.