Definition of calamity in English:
noun (plural calamities)
- 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.
This is from Old French calamite, from Latin calamitas ‘damage’, ‘disaster’, ‘adversity’. Latin writers thought this was from calamus ‘straw, corn stalk’ linked to damage to crops by bad weather, but this is doubtful.
Words that rhyme with calamityamity
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