calamity

  • 1 Calamity — may refer to: * A disaster, a terrible event * Al Qaria (English: The Calamity ), the 101st sura of the Qur an * Calamity Jane, a nineteenth century American frontierwoman ** Calamity Jane (1953 film), a 1953 film based on the person * Calamity… …

    Wikipedia

  • 2 Calamity — Ca*lam i*ty .; pl. {Calamities}. [L. calamitas, akin to in columis unharmed: cf. F. calamit[ e]] 1. Any great misfortune or cause of misery; generally applied to events or disasters which produce extensive evil, either to communities or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 calamity — I noun act of God, adverse fortune, adversity, affliction, bad fortune, blight, calamitas, cataclysm, catastrophe, clades, destruction, disaster, evil fortune, evil lot, evil luck, grievous harm, hardship, ill fortune, loss, major misfortune,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 calamity — early 15c., from M.Fr. calamite (14c.), from L. calamitatem (nom. calamitas) damage, loss, failure; disaster, misfortune, adversity, origin obscure. Early etymologists associated it with calamus straw, but it is perhaps from a lost root preserved …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 calamity — *disaster, catastrophe, cataclysm Analogous words: *accident, casualty, mishap: *misfortune, mischance, adversity, mishap: tribulation, visitation, affliction, *trial, cross: ruin, wreck (see RUIN) Antonyms: boon Contrasted words: fortune, luck… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 calamity — [n] disaster; tragedy adversity, affliction, blue ruin*, cataclysm, catastrophe, collapse, cross, curtains, distress, downfall, hardship, holy mess*, misadventure, mischance, misfortune, mishap, reverse, ruin, scourge, the worst*, trial,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 calamity — ► NOUN (pl. calamities) ▪ an event causing great and sudden damage or distress. DERIVATIVES calamitous adjective calamitously adverb. ORIGIN Latin calamitas …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 calamity — [kə lam′ətē] n. pl. calamities [MFr calamité < L calamitas: see CLASTIC] 1. deep trouble or misery 2. any extreme misfortune bringing great loss and sorrow; disaster SYN. DISASTER …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 calamity — n. 1) to avert; ward off a calamity 2) to survive a calamity 3) a calamity befalls smb. 4) a crushing, dire, great; national calamity * * * [kə læmɪtɪ] dire great national calamity ward off a calamity a crushing a calamity befalls smb …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 calamity — [[t]kəlæ̱mɪti[/t]] calamities N VAR A calamity is an event that causes a great deal of damage, destruction, or personal distress. [FORMAL] He described drugs as the greatest calamity of the age. ...the calamity of war... It could only end in… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 calamity — UK [kəˈlæmətɪ] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms calamity : singular calamity plural calamities a) an event that causes serious damage, or causes a lot of people to suffer, for example a flood or fire b) used humorously about something …

    English dictionary

  • 12 calamity — noun (plural ties) Etymology: Middle English calamytey, from Latin calamitat , calamitas; perhaps akin to Latin clades destruction Date: 15th century 1. a state of deep distress or misery caused by major misfortune or loss 2. a disastrous event… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 calamity — /keuh lam i tee/, n., pl. calamities. 1. a great misfortune or disaster, as a flood or serious injury. 2. grievous affliction; adversity; misery: the calamity of war. [1375 1425; late ME calamite < MF < L calamitat (s. of calamitas), perh. akin… …

    Universalium

  • 14 calamity — ca|lam|i|ty [kəˈlæmıti] n plural calamities [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: calamité, from Latin calamitas] a terrible and unexpected event that causes a lot of damage or suffering = ↑disaster ▪ It would be a calamity for the farmers if… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 calamity — noun (C) a terrible and unexpected event that causes a lot of damage or suffering: It would be a calamity for the farmers if the crops failed again. calamitous adjective calamitously adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 calamity — ca•lam•i•ty [[t]kəˈlæm ɪ ti[/t]] n. pl. ties 1) a great misfortune or disaster; catastrophe 2) grievous affliction; misery: the calamity of war[/ex] • Etymology: 1375–1425; late ME calamite < MF < L calamitās syn: See disaster …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 calamity —   Pōpilikia, pō ino. See ex., pāpa a1.    ♦ Overtaken by calamity, pa uhia …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 18 calamity — n. (pl. ies) 1 a disaster, a great misfortune. 2 a adversity. b deep distress. Phrases and idioms: Calamity Jane a prophet of disaster. Derivatives: calamitous adj. calamitously adv. Etymology: ME f. F calamiteacute f. L calamitas tatis …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 calamity — noun a) An event resulting in great loss b) An event implying a degree of awkwardness …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 calamity — Synonyms and related words: accident, adversity, affliction, bane, blow, bugbear, burden, casualty, cataclysm, catastrophe, collapse, collision, contretemps, crack up, crash, cross, crushing burden, curse, death, desolation, destruction,… …

    Moby Thesaurus


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