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From Middle French calamité, from Latin calamitās (loss, damage; disaster).


  • IPA(key): /kəˈlæmɪti/
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  • Hyphenation: ca‧lam‧i‧ty


calamity (plural calamities)

  1. An event resulting in great loss.
    • 1899 Feb, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, page 199:
      And the village was deserted, the huts gaped black, rotting, all askew within the fallen enclosures. A calamity had come to it, sure enough.
  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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