calamity

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French calamité, from Latin calamitās (loss, damage; disaster), from clāmāre (to shout, proclaim, declare, cry out).

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calamity (plural calamities)

  1. An event resulting in great loss.
  2. The distress that results from some disaster.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Rickie Lambert's debut goal gives England victory over Scotland (in The Guardian, 14 August 2013)[1]
      They were behind twice, first in the 11th minute when James Morrison scored a goal that was a personal calamity for Hart, and then four minutes into the second half when Kenny Miller eluded Gary Cahill to score with a splendid left-foot drive.

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