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  • adv. In a calamitous manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a calamitous manner; in a manner to produce great distress.


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calamitous +‎ -ly


  • He even escaped Gallipoli, where after a calamitously botched Allied campaign more than 50,000 Allied and Turkish troops died on the steep slopes above his head – only to die in March 1917 aged 23, in the First Battle of Gaza.

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  • For instance, the precipitous declines in home values and investment portfolios — realities that no doubt weigh heavily on readers of this magazine — feature calamitously in both eras, but in the 1930s a far smaller portion of the population owned houses or equities than does now.

    Life In (and After) Our Great Recession

  • Logitech leapt into it last year, calamitously; in the first three months of 2011 more people returned its "Revue" set-top boxes than were sold as Christmas good ideas turned out to be flops.

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  • On the third hand, there are real calamitously costly high-tech "heroic" medical costs, not expected and often near the end of life (or threatening to be so).

    Taxes and Health Insurance, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • All legislators-turned-presenters, however, should remember the example of Harold Wilson who, three years after resigning as prime minister, hosted a BBC chatshow called Friday Night, Saturday Morning, and performed so calamitously that the editions feature in polls of TV's worst moments.

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  • Promoters of something called "resilience engineering" suggest that planners should put more effort into designing systems that resist disruption and that degrade gracefully, rather than failing calamitously when stressed.

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Hacker

  • Say what you will about a civilization that screws up as calamitously as ours is doing in the Gulf, it's still hard not to get a lump in your throat when entering the massive Javits Convention Center and encountering exhibitors as far as the eye can see engaged in nothing more harmful than trying to amuse and inform humanity.

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  • As the recession worsened, auto sales dropped calamitously, from around 17 million cars sold a year to fewer than 10 million.


  • Counterfactual simulations indicate that world prices would have increased slightly between 1929 and 1933, instead of declining calamitously, if the historical relationship between world gold reserves and world prices had continued.

    Monday NBER papers

  • His blood counts had dropped calamitously during the midcycle of chemotherapy.

    The Emperor of All Maladies


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