noun, plural ca·lam·i·ties.
Origin of calamity
Examples from the Web for calamities
But now, to that list of calamities to learn from, we need to add “mass extinctions.”Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction|Sean B. Carroll|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But then, through a series of calamities typical of The Comeback, she ends up auditioning for the show…and gets the part.How Lisa Kudrow Pulled Off TV’s Ultimate ‘Comeback’|Kevin Fallon|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maybe there's a route, somewhere in there, towards an end to calamities on July 16.India’s Most Dangerous Meal: The Poisoned-Lunch Disaster|Dilip D’Souza|July 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was about the passive indifference of a nation that seems content to allow these daily calamities to persist.
Then there will be earthquakes, tsunamis, and other calamities.
All kinds of calamities overspread the earth and decimated the race,--war, pestilence, and famine.Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV|John Lord
Their calamities were of ancient date, and they knew them to be irremediable.American Institutions and Their Influence|Alexis de Tocqueville et al.
On the contrary, many cited instances of disasters and calamities which seemed like curious corroborations of the creed.Confessions Of Con Cregan|Charles James Lever
Keep away from us sickness, fire, and calamities of every kind.Mary, Help of Christians|Various
In ancient days this was regarded as the most terrible of calamities.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings|F. W. Farrar
British Dictionary definitions for calamities
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for calamity
Word Origin and History for calamities
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).