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calamity (noun) a disaster.

A very sorrowful or harmful event is a calamity. A calamity strikes a person, or a community, when an event causes serious harm or damage to the person or the community. When the sole earning member of a family dies, it is a calamity to the other members of the family. Floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc., are natural calamities, that is, damaging events caused by nature. Calamities are the cause of great human misery.

  • The death of Vincent just when the business was failing was a calamity to his wife and his two young school-going children, as they found themselves with their support gone.
  • The earthquake which left thousands dead, and the whole city in rubble, was a calamity the like of which had not been experienced before.
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