Bad intentions are dwarfed by better sentiments, and calamity is likely to strengthen this budding capsule of peace.
The calamity that President Obama confronts is still in its earliest stages.
Still, it would be nice to know the expiration date on this calamity.
A technical sovereign debt default triggered by a debt-ceiling stalemate would be a calamity for the American and world economies.
For the Palestinian national movement, Hamas is a disaster built on a calamity.
Especially in the representation of Mr. Peggotty's profound grief, under what is to him so appalling a calamity.
We shall not hand down to our children this heritage of calamity.
Of course we laughed at his calamity, and he thought we should not encourage such things by laughing at them.
Don't you comprehend that my nephew, as he confronts me to-day, is not a calamity, but a plague?
This calamity came upon us gradually, long before the present war, and will last long after that has died away.
early 15c., from Middle French calamite (14c.), from Latin calamitatem (nominative calamitas) "damage, loss, failure; disaster, misfortune, adversity," origin obscure. Early etymologists associated it with calamus "straw" (see shawm); but it is perhaps from a lost root preserved in incolumis "uninjured," from PIE *kle-mo-, from base *kel- "to strike, cut" (see hilt).