noun, plural ca·lam·i·ties.
- calamine brass,
- calamity jane,
- calamus scriptorius,
Origin of calamity
Examples from the Web for calamity
Calamity,” Roth writes elsewhere, “when it comes, comes in a rush.American Dreams: How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’|Nathaniel Rich|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lebanon, always on the edge of (and sometimes past the edge of) calamity, but too complicated for most people to figure out.Is It Just Me or Is the World Exploding? So Why Isn’t Obama Doing More?|Michael Tomasky|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Batman and Robin was such a calamity that it was easy to reboot.
But their arrival was experienced by Indians, who found their worlds abruptly overturned, as a calamity.
Calamity here could also lead to the political demise of a far less secure dictator than Stalin.
How could intelligence of the calamity be most gently communicated?Fairy Fingers|Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
It covered them in the day of their calamity, and their trust was under the shadow of its wings.The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus|American Anti-Slavery Society
We were resolved to succeed or fail together, after the calamity had befallen us as much as before.The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass|Frederick Douglass
After thirteen years of misgovernment and calamity this third member of the Kiuprili family was called to power.The Turkish Empire, its Growth and Decay|Lord Eversley
I see myself now, face downwards in the orchard grass, broken-hearted by the calamity.Thirty Years in Australia|Ada Cambridge
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for calamity
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).