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
For Pyongyang, forcing Washington to seriously weigh that calamity is a win.
The reflection between Sarat's private ordeal and the country's vast, ongoing calamity is sustained by a series of intercalary chapters: excerpts from history books, news reports, memoirs and speeches.
Dr. Amy J. Reed, a physician and cancer patient who turned a personal calamity into a crusade to spare other women from the medical procedure that harmed her, died Wednesday night at her home in Yardley, Pa.
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.
A family emergency concerning his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) draws Lee back to his hometown, gradually unearthing a calamity in his own life.
Advocates of soft Brexit argue this would be a calamity, and that Britain should aim for a special arrangement that allows the U.K. to retain its current trading...
An endless runner is always framed by some calamity or catastrophe.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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