meaning of calamity

calamity meaning in General Dictionary

Any great misfortune or reason for misery generally applied to events or catastrophes which create considerable evil either to communities or individuals

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  • an event leading to great loss and misfortune
  • Any great misfortune or reason for distress; -- generally placed on events or catastrophes which create extensive evil, both to communities or individuals.
  • a situation or time of stress or misfortune; distress.

calamity meaning in Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Middle French calamite (14c.), from Latin calamitatem (nominative calamitas) "damage, loss, failure; catastrophe, misfortune, adversity," beginning obscure. Early etymologists linked it with calamus "straw" (see shawm); but it is perhaps from a lost root maintained in incolumis "uninjured," from PIE *kle-mo-, from base *kel- (1) "to hit, cut" (see holt).

Sentence Examples with the word calamity

A certain increase of the income tax to a shilling seemed a much more serious calamity than the uncertain prospect of a possible invasion.

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