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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 want you to get word to the king that I am a magician myself -- and the Supreme Grand High-yu-Muck- amuck and head of the tribe, at that; and I want him to be made to understand that I am just quietly arrang- ing a little calamity here that will make the fur fly in these realms if Sir Kay's project is carried out and any harm comes to me.
It occurred to me that I had made another blunder: I had sent the boy off to alarm his betters with a threat -- I intending to invent a calamity at my leisure; now the people who are the readiest and eagerest and willingest to swallow miracles are the very ones who are hungriest to see you perform them; suppose I should be called on for a sample?
This thrust did in a most sudden sort close the king's mouth, and he could offer naught to turn the argument; and so, reluctant, and full loth to do you the discourtesy, he yet prayeth you to consider his per- plexed case, as noting how the matter stands, and name the calamity -- if so be you have determined the nature of it and the time of its coming.
While they were assembled in anxious expectation of some terrible calamity, out came a Mouse.
How did I know what new calamity might not confront me when the door was opened?
If you knew how I feel on the brink of calamity at this instant, how afraid I am of myself
And she, remembering the words that had given her the victory, "how I feel on the brink of calamity, how afraid I am of myself," saw that this weapon was a dangerous one, and that it could not be used a second time.
He knew it by every shrinking fibre in his body, he knew it by the sudden dizzy whirling of his brain, at the mere thought of that calamity.
I think their presence made the closing scene of this dreadful calamity doubly painful, and doubly touching.
He talks as if there was some worse calamity than the calamity which has made them orphans.
The most furious private wars, accompanied with every species of calamity, were carried on between the different princes and states.
Upon the shrubby hill of its edge Weena would have stopped, fearing the darkness before us; but a singular sense of impending calamity, that should indeed have served me as a warning, drove me onward.