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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.
But he should not be forced to fail so calamitously that a destabilized Russia destabilizes the region.
Indeed what we are seeing calamitously is the birth of a new breed we might call Little Scotlanders.
Since 9/11, we have witnessed a calamitously repressive series of well-coordinated attacks against scholars who have dared to challenge the national consensus on U.
The common consensus - whether it proves correct or calamitously not - is that Swansea will be 'fine' for this year, but there is just as much opinion saying that going forward a new man is needed to make sure such relegation worries do not return.
I'll wait, I thought, until something goes calamitously wrong - as it surely will.
The Arsenal manager will, however, know this side are a completely different beast to the hesitant, not-sure-what-we-are-about team that fell so calamitously, with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is line for a return for the first time since that Villa defeat, and Olivier Giroud only strengthening an already buzzing Arsenal squad.
It's a have your cake and eat it too effort for the administration, as they try to placate moderates with empty promises of a brief, meaningless war that they don't need to think too much about, while reassuring their hawkish backers that once the war starts there is already plan in place, however vague, to go calamitously farther.
s COINTELPRO calamitously neglects the international suppression of Black Power by state powers.
Her efforts go calamitously wrong, and she ends up in Mexico caring for a girl, Rosa (Maritza Santiago Hernandez), who has been separated from her mother.
This British mania for reliving past glories would be merely pathetic if it had not become plain how calamitously it can impact the present.
Jelavic, though, was the man who made the difference, netting a fine opener midway through the first half before his shot was calamitously turned into his own goal by Sunderland substitute David Vaughan just before the hour.