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
The book was followed by other oral histories of people caught in calamities: the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Chernobyl disaster, the collapse of the Soviet empire.
On a steamy, sweltering night at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals faced outright calamity, stared it down, and struck for two runs in the bottom of the ninth, engineering a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Relations between the two countries had been deteriorating since Japan had attacked China in 1931, and were destined to end up with the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor and the calamity of World War II.
Passengers were not told about the near-calamity after the plane landed safely, Jones said.
Whether in ancient Rome or ancient China, nothing portended calamity like an emperor who flouted the formalities.
And it must be defended not merely from war or political calamity, but from that natural, more insidious phenomenon: forgetting.
ANOTHER KYLE CALAMITY: Kyle Busch’s struggles continued at Daytona.
The White Sox scored a run in the eighth against Alex Claudio to pull to within 7-5 and set up the ninth-inning 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 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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