• WordNet 3.6
    • n calamity an event resulting in great loss and misfortune "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity","the earthquake was a disaster"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Calamity A state or time of distress or misfortune; misery. "The deliberations of calamity are rarely wise.""Where'er I came I brought calamity ."
    • Calamity Any great misfortune or cause of misery; -- generally applied to events or disasters which produce extensive evil, either to communities or individuals. "Strokes of calamity that scathe and scorch the soul."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n calamity 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 calamity Synonyms Disaster, Catastrophe, etc. (see misfortune), hardship, adversity, affliction, blow, stroke.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Calamity kal-am′i-ti a great misfortune: affliction
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.”
  • William Davenant
    William Davenant
    “Calamity is the perfect glass wherein we truly see and know ourselves.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every calamity is a spur and valuable hint.”
  • Beaumont and Fletcher
    Beaumont and Fletcher
    “Calamity is man's true touchstone.”
  • Bishop Porteous
    Bishop Porteous
    “He who foresees calamities, suffers them twice over.”
  • Samuel Richardson
    Samuel Richardson
    “Calamity is the test of integrity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. calamitas, akin to in-columis, unharmed: cf. F. calamité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. calamité—L. calamitat-em.


In literature:

To the calamities received from the enemy, the decemvirs add two flagitious deeds, one abroad, and the other in the city.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
At times of public calamities and distress, the practice of kindling needfire was resorted to.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
But the object of his love separated herself from Beethoven when calamity lowered.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
He described it as a calamity and a curse to the people of England.
"Historical and Political Essays" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
We have been visited by the greatest calamity in our history.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
Unmitigated calamities, especially the long imprisonment, they had seemed at the time, but the event proved otherwise.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Takwantona, the spirit of evil, had conquered Nature, and the sages of the Shoshones foresaw many dire calamities.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
Is there any other calamity or misfortune besides, that you have not told me of?
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
Following this calamity, occurred the April elections of 1814.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
The Spaniards were quite unable to cope with such a prodigious calamity.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman

In poetry:

Yunus gets no help nor pity. No cure for his calamity,
Drifting from city to city
A stranger as forlorn as I.
"Untitled XVII" by Yunus Emre
But how among the dearest brood
Calamity will oft intrude,
And fairest hopes prevent;
How quick can desolation's storm
With horrid agonies deform,
The scene of sweet content!
"The Stork" by William Hayley
Cease then to judge calamities
By outward form and show,
But view yourselves, and inward turn your eyes,
Then you shall fully know
That your estate
Is, of the two, the far more desperate.
"A Paradox, That The Sick Are In A Better Case Than The Whole" by George Herbert
A man once proud and stately,
Now haggard with despair; Whose scared eyes, straining, seem to see Par off some great calamity;
Some terror, darkening all the air,
And armed with nameless agony.
"The Dead Chase" by Albert Pike
Oh, Heaven! 'tis a dreadful calamity to narrate,
Because the victims have met with a cruel fate;
Little did they think they were going to lose their lives by fire,
On that night when to their beds they did retire.
"Calamity in London" by William Topaz McGonagall
True earnest sorrows, rooted miseries
Anguish in grain, vexations ripe and blown,
Sure-footed griefs, solid calamities,
Plain demonstrations, evident and cleare,
Fetching their proofs ev'n from the very bone;
These are the sorrows here.
"Dotage" by George Herbert

In news:

Sex and the Survival of the Fittest : Calamities Are a Disaster for Men.
To understand the calamity on Wall Street, we need erudite financial analysis and good old-fashioned stories about human fallibility.
The Saints, erasing 43 years littered with far more futility and calamity than success, basked in the most glorious moment in franchise history last night with their 31-17 Super Bowl XLIV victory over the favored Colts at Sun Life Stadium.
Investigating 9/11: An Unimaginable Calamity, Still Largely Unexamined .
Investigating 9/11: An Unimaginable Calamity, Still Largely Unexamined.
The film tells (of the 1930s calamity that…).
London before the mid-1600s was a general calamity.
And how far away might this unknown calamity be.
Nov 17, 2012 (Weekend Edition Saturday) — President Obama started the first round of talks Friday about how to avoid fiscal calamity.
President Obama started the first round of talks about how to avoid fiscal calamity on Friday.
Travel to Cuba is always a calamity, which I will go into tomorrow following my flight.
The man in charge of demolishing the calamity-prone Deutsche Bank building at Ground Zero slipped and broke his wrist Tuesday while leaving the construction site, reported yesterday.
Jessica Werries and Dusty Kavitz take off with Calamity and Sundance at the 4K Paws Walk/Run fundraiser for the St Francis Animal Shelter.
So instead of running from all of that calamity, he decided to embrace it.
"Oh God, this is a calamity for American literature," Kurt Vonnegut said on learning of Joseph Heller's death in 1999.

In science:

Perhaps it was to avoid this calamity and to prime the pump that the editors included a list of questions at the end of each volume.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Calam´e, J.R.: Testing reactive systems with data, enumerative methods nd constraint solving.
About Instruction Sequence Testing