Examples of calamity in a sentence
Twenty two years passed. Twenty-two years of excellent health and the boundless self-assurance that flows from being fit—twenty-two years spared the adversary that is illness and the calamity that waits in the wings. —Phillip Roth, Everyman, 2006
A resentment born of the suspicion that all along the media were up to their usual tricks, hyping a national calamity to the max in order to make us buy more copies and tune into TV specials … —Christopher Buckley, Time, 29 Nov. 1999
In the wake of this year's unending calamities, there has been renewed discussion of the need for an international rapid deployment force that can kick down doors to help victims of disasters. —Kathleen Hunt, New York Times Magazine, 28 July 1991
floods, earthquakes, and other calamities
He predicted calamity for the economy.
Recent Examples of calamity from the web
On top of all this now comes another calamity: famine.
Civil rights observers and global development analysts said the new policy could send a negative message about U.S. engagement in helping to resolve the calamity in the Middle East.
But his presidency might author a kind of Greek tragedy in America—the sort where the heroes, acting to prevent a certain calamity, ironically bring about that very catastrophe.
But the attacks and her impressive ability to dodge them seem to lead to a sort of Wonder Woman syndrome, in which the evasion of calamity creates an expanding sense of invincibility.
There is nothing permanent about political unions and alliances, of course, and some argue that Britain’s departure from the European Union is not necessarily a calamity for Washington.
Kipling said that the hand of friendship averts the whip of calamity.
by Jove! or whatever, oh storm of narrative and calamity
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Origin and Etymology of calamity
Middle English calamytey, from Latin calamitat-, calamitas; perhaps akin to Latin clades destruction
First Known Use: 15th century
CALAMITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of calamity for English Language Learners
: an event that causes great harm and suffering
CALAMITY Defined for Kids
Definition of calamity for Students
1 : great distress or misfortune … he felt oppressed by the vague sense of impending calamity. — Jack London, The Call of the Wild
2 : an event that causes great harm and suffering : disaster
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