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 marked by great loss and lasting distress and suffering <
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  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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