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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.
A quick break saw Stjepan Loncar open the scoring for the visitors - after Scott McKenna and Sam Cosgrove calamitously collided at the other end - before PS125,000 signing Funso Ojo was dismissed for a second yellow card in 20 minutes.
But by partitioning Ireland in such a way as to grant independence to most of the island while keeping in the United Kingdom the one bit of the island, Northern Ireland, where there was a pro-British or unionist majority, the 1921 treaty sowed seeds of further dissension - dissension underlying the Northern Ireland troubles that broke out so calamitously in the 1960s and lasted for the next 20 or 30 years.
It would be a monumental travesty of natural justice, an irreversible disaster of catalytic proportions for the whole country if Muhammadu Buhari is given another chance to further ruin the country's affairs for another four years, in the face of his calamitously lethargic performances since donning the presidential Kimono.
The left-hander showed plenty of intent in his 79 but just when it appeared he could be heading for a maiden test ton, he calamitously played the ball onto his own stumps off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.
Wars may be calamitously lost, but fighting wars also prevents restlessness and tedium; experiments may come to frustration, but new discoveries bring new forms of power.
Tom Davies and Andre Gomes were always likely to be up against it, but the Londoners were in cruise control from the moment Jordan Pickford and Kurt Zouma combined calamitously to hand Son Heung-Min the equaliser.
The toll has been rising calamitously in recent months, but without official acknowledgement in Washington, it's largely gone unacknowledged.
But they were also caned by Wales and Ireland and, calamitously, lost to the USA in the summer.
A week later at Huddersfield, Lindelof committed the kind of mistake that can destroy a player's confidence, calamitously misjudging a goal-kick to concede a second goal as United were humbled 2-1.
It is worth noting that the wedding in which the most royal PR capital has been invested -- between Prince Charles and Lady Diana -- was for the marriage that failed most publicly and calamitously. The uncertain response to Diana's death was the one occasion in recent memory the institution looked vulnerable.