noun (plural calamities)
An event causing great and often sudden damage or distress; a disaster: emergency measures may be necessary in order to avert a calamity [mass noun]: the journey had led to calamity and ruin
More example sentences
- Nearly every calamity and malady known to humankind has a saint to look after it.
- Plan for stress, say the experts, just like you plan ahead for any calamity you want to avoid.
- There were those indeed who believed this calamity marked the end of the world.
late Middle English (in the sense 'disaster and distress'): from Old French calamite, from Latin calamitas.