the Great Calamity

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Noun1.the Great Calamity - a famine in Ireland resulting from a potato blight; between 1846 and 1851 a million people starved to death and 1.6 million emigrated (most to America)
famine - a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death
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"It was at one of these times that the great calamity occurred.
Renew your promise to keep the great calamity of my life a secret, on your honor and on your oath.
"This will be the great calamity." "Dar-al-Fatwa considers that the government formation delay is due to a political disagreement, and he who forms the Cabinet is the PM-designate, in cooperation with the President of the republic," Derian said, stressing that no conditions should be imposed the two of them by any political side.