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The whole country was affected by the calamity of 9/11.
  a disastrous event; or the distress resulting from it
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  • The whole country was affected by the calamity of 9/11.
  • The fire was a terrible calamity.
  • She waited all day, in the same condition of mad fear before this terrible calamity.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • Name any terms, reverend sir, even to the halving of my kingdom; but banish this calamity, spare the sun!
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

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  • She seems to think that all the calamities of the Pyncheons began from that quarrel with the wizard,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The vicar might as well know right now that as for himself, he was an atheist; he considered Christianity a calamity.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • (continued from prior page)…. you’re curious: Catfish always drink alcoholic ether if begged, for every catfish enjoys heightened intoxication; gross indulgence can be calamitous, however; duly, garfish babysit for dirty catfish children, helping catfish babies get instructional education just because garfish get delight assisting infants’ growth and famously inspire confidence in immature catfish, giving experience (and joy even); however, blowfish jeer insightful garfish, disparaging…
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • It occurred to her, in a moment of sudden clarity, that what had always caused her anxiety, or stress, or worry, was not any one force, nothing independent and external—it wasn’t danger to herself or the constant calamity of other people and their problems.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I wanted to weep at how my friends took my calamity in stride.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • My son, fear the Lord and the King, and meddle not with them that are given to change, For their calamity shall rise suddenly, and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • In searing headlines, it announced: THE GREAT CALAMITY OF THE AGE!
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • But I cannot find my voice to do anything about these future calamities, because it is someone’s idea of inspirational to release the bobbing weapons.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • They’re just another distant calamity.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Etienne sees it as a calamity, but Madame Ruelle radiates glee.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It didn’t feel like I was in the middle of a calamitous event the moment she stole me away from my life.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • "What a calamity!" he wrote to his wife.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • The delightful room, the unexpected and farcical costumery, the beer, Nathan’s demonstrative warmth and eagerness to make amends, Sophie’s calamitous effect on my heart—all these had wiped out my will power.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I know the unspoken rules of boys, but with girls I sense that I am always on the verge of some unforeseen, calamitous blunder.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • A month, then, since my calamitous passage through the circle of standing stones.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I’m sure some dire calamity is happening.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Earlier, there had been a minor calamity.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • To these people the war is simply a continuous calamity which sweeps to and fro over their bodies like a tidal wave.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Once this procedure was the cause of a calamity of which Sebastijonas Szedvilas was the hapless victim.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • His ears leaned sidelong off his head like holstered pistols, and above them waved a calamity of black hair that mortified him.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Affliction is enanmour’d of thy parts, And thou art wedded to calamity.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Now, on the rebound from my calamitous entanglement with thenord-wand, I was prepared to lower my sights.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • CHEEVER, his hands shaking: Why, this go hard with her, Proctor, this—I had my doubts, Proctor, I had my doubts, but here’s calamity.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • You know the calamity that has happened to us, do you not?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • When the will of the goddess had been done, he sat down in his obi and mourned his friend’s calamity.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • What a calamity!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • In all seasons of calamity, indeed, whether general or of individuals, the outcast of society at once found her place.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It was obvious to Macon that Freddie now had news of another calamity.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Hungry Joe was too firmly embedded in calamities of his own to care how Doc Daneeka felt.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Were I to be again reduced to the chains of slavery, next to that enslavement, I should regard being the slave of a religious master the greatest calamity that could befall me.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • A foolish son is the calamity of his father.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Then, whenever war or some other calamity occurred, they would be able to view events throughout Alagaesia.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • To begin with, a murder-that in itself is a calamity of the first water.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • This seemed nothing short of a calamity to Anne.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Our parents had decided to put an end to their calamitous marriage, and Father shipped us home to his mother.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Strange, after all this, like the prodigal son, I did not return to my father; who hearing of the ship’s calamity, for a long time thought me entombed in the deep.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Well, that may be vicious, unjust, calamitous-but such is life in society.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He did not know why, but he felt oppressed by the vague sense of impending calamity.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • He recalled, with vivid detail, the meeting inside Castel Gandolfo that had changed his life… the news that had set this entire calamity into motion.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Oh! who could hope, when the distant world to which she was akin, half opened to her view, that she would return to the sorrow and calamity of this!
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • White Fang sensed the coming calamity, even before there was tangible evidence of it.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • —Prophecy of calamity to Dante.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • And I was already seeing myself as a character in a disaster movie, thinking of how I’d save my new bride during the calamity apparently to come.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • In wandering round the shattered walls and through the devastated interior, I gathered evidence that the calamity was not of late occurrence.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Ere long, I heard the click of the latch, and Catherine flew up-stairs, breathless and wild; too excited to show gladness: indeed, by her face, you would rather have surmised an awful calamity.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
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