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
First responders need to be educated that the drones are available for emergencies and to learn how to deploy them in a real-world calamity.
Sanchez moved to Old Trafford to challenge for top prizes, but after Tuesday's calamity, Arsenal fans made their voice be heard and had a lot to say about their former star.
Then, with seemingly nothing but blue skies ahead, calamity came.
The Oak Hills Local School District has planned several days in May as calamity makeup days for staff.
Fear of such a calamity is doing as much as anything to keep Mrs May safe in Downing Street.
Government workers gave Nicholson a rundown of what would happen should calamity strike.
As ready as the Forrestal was for combat, nothing could have prepared us for the calamity that befell us that day.
The media certainly has embraced that narrative, pointing at Alabama's three consecutive losses as proof this team is headed for calamity.
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Origin and Etymology of calamity
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
- … he felt oppressed by the vague sense of impending calamity.
- —Jack London, The Call of the Wild
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