from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An event that brings terrible loss, lasting distress, or severe affliction; a disaster: A hurricane would be a calamity for this low-lying coastal region.
- n. Dire distress resulting from loss or tragedy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An event resulting in great loss.
- n. The distress that results from some disaster.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any great misfortune or cause of misery; -- generally applied to events or disasters which produce extensive evil, either to communities or individuals.
- n. A state or time of distress or misfortune; misery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any great misfortune or cause of misery; in general, any event or disaster which produces extensive evils, as loss of crops, earthquakes, etc., but also applied to any misfortune which brings great distress upon a single person; misfortune; distress; adversity.
- n. Synonyms Disaster, Catastrophe, etc. (see misfortune), hardship, adversity, affliction, blow, stroke.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
Middle English calamite, from Old French, from Latin calamitās.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin clāmāre ("to shout, proclaim, declare, cry out"); Latin calamitās ("loss, damage; disaster"). (Wiktionary)