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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 ?
I felt unutterable forebodings of calamities to come.
A PIOUS Person who had overcharged his paunch with dead bird by way of attesting his gratitude for escaping the many calamities which Heaven had sent upon others, fell asleep at table and dreamed.
The notion had no ground in sense; it was probably no more than a reminiscence of similar calamities in childhood, for his father's room had always been the chamber of inquisition and the scene of punishment; but it stuck so rigorously in his mind that he must instantly approach the door and prove its untruth.
Nor could any proof more striking be given of the calamities flowing from such institutions.
At length he found us, and conducted us to the rest; we instantly forgot our past calamities, and had no other care than to recover the patriarch's attendants.
Yes, I have brought upon you calamities which never before in your humble, solitary life you had experienced.
Such men, in other men's calamities, are, as it were, in season, and are ever on the loading part: not so good as the dogs, that licked Lazarus' sores; but like flies, that are still buzzing upon any thing that is raw; misanthropi, that make it their practice, to bring men to the bough, and yet never a tree for the purpose in their gardens, as Timon had.
In regard to Sophia, it is more than probable that we shall somewhere or other provide a good husband for her in the end--either Blifil, or my lord, or somebody else; but as to poor Jones, such are the calamities in which he is at present involved, owing to his imprudence, by which if a man doth not become felon to the world, he is at least a felo de se ; so destitute is he now of friends, and so persecuted by enemies, that we almost despair of bringing him to any good; and if our reader delights in seeing executions, I think he ought not to lose any time in taking a first row at Tyburn.
LAHORE, January 08, 2010 (Balochistan Times ): Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Rana Sanaullah Khan has said that it was need of the hour to get ourselves prepared for evolving a comprehensive policy at private and public level to take proper arrangements in case of natural calamities. He was addressing a seminar on Natural calamities and effective measures held here Thursday.
Sotto ruled out the need to amend the resolution since it had a "catch-all provision that includes all calamities.''
"By giving them the choice to defer the payment, we can help ease the burdens of our kababayans living in typhoon-prone areas and those hit by other natural calamities," Binay said.
If one has to analyze the provision, the budgetary requirement for calamities is put in place even before the previous year could end so that the LGUs have the money to prepare for these incidents if they eventually happen.