calamity

[ kuh-lam-i-tee ]
/ kəˈlæm ɪ ti /

noun, plural ca·lam·i·ties.

a great misfortune or disaster, as a flood or serious injury.
grievous affliction; adversity; misery: the calamity of war.

Origin of calamity

1375–1425; late Middle English calamite < Middle French < Latin calamitāt- (stem of calamitās), perhaps akin to incolumitās safety

Synonym study

1. See disaster.
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calamity

/ (kəˈlæmɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a disaster or misfortune, esp one causing extreme havoc, distress, or misery
a state or feeling of deep distress or misery

Word Origin for calamity

C15: from French calamité, from Latin calamitās; related to Latin incolumis uninjured
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