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
Happening now, Robert Gates officially taking charge of the Pentagon and the troubled war in Iraq with a swearing in ceremony -- he's warning that failure in Iraq would be what he called a calamity that would haunt the U.S. -- his words -- for decades.
A few pale figures were to be distinguished at the accustomed resort at the Tuileries; they wondered wherefore the islanders should approach their ill-fated city -- for in the excess of wretchedness, the sufferers always imagine, that their part of the calamity is the bitterest, as, when enduring intense pain, we would exchange the particular torture we writhe under, for any other which should visit a different part of the frame.
This calamity is the more heavy, as it carries with it a great disappointment; for very near our habitation was a high wall, the sunny side of which was covered with the most delicious fruits; peaches, apricots, nectarines, &c. all just then ripening; and I thought of having such a feast with my children as I had never enjoyed in my life.
The prediction of this calamity is here given very largely, and in lively expressions, which one would think should have awakened and affected the most stupid.
Judge will speedily take vengeance; the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
The hidden hand behind this unsanitary calamity is the US government.
“An earth-shattering calamity is about to happen,” he writes.
A calamity is the shortage of such utensils as sweepers, brooms, brushes and rags for cleaning.
When deviant behaviour exists with the cowardly behaviour of leaders, calamity is the next step.
This calamity is exactly what happened to my Uncle Joseph, who was removed from my grandparents when he was a toddler and sent to the Texas State School because he had begun acting out in rage at his inability to communicate with others.