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calamity

Line breaks: ca¦lam|ity
Pronunciation: /kəˈlamɪti
 
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Definition of calamity in English:

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.
Synonyms
disaster, catastrophe, tragedy, cataclysm, devastating blow, crisis, adversity, blight, tribulation, woe, affliction, evil;
misfortune, misadventure, accident, stroke of bad luck, reverse of fortune, setback, mischance, mishap
archaic bale
Scottish archaic mishanter

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'disaster and distress'): from Old French calamite, from Latin calamitas.

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