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Definition a disastrous event; or the distress resulting from it
  • The whole country was affected by the calamity of 9/11.
calamity = disastrous event
  • The fire was a terrible calamity.
  • I had my doubts, but here's calamity.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • calamity = a disastrous event
  • She waited all day, in the same condition of mad fear before this terrible calamity.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • calamity = a disastrous event
  • 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
  • calamities = disastrous events
  • 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
  • calamity = a disastrous event
  • 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
  • calamity = disastrous event
  • A very ape would weep at such calamity!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • calamity = a disastrous event
  • Florentino Ariza had once read: "Love becomes greater and nobler in calamity."
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • It is composed of ingredients the most opposite to those by which thy awful father has brought this calamity upon thee and me.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini's Daughter
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cal caught a feeling—a feeling of calamity, of destruction in the air, and a weight of sickness overwhelmed him.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • "I wish he mayn't gore anybody then, that's all," said Jane, not altogether despising a hypothesis which covered a few imaginary calamities.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Booth's achievement is described in the Richmond papers as "the most deplorable calamity, which has ever befallen the people of the United States."
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Accursed, calamitous day!
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • It seemed an overwhelming calamity.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • She whispered with dread, with a tremor, with an instinct of calamity.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • White Fang sensed the coming calamity, even before there was tangible evidence of it.
    Jack London  --  White Fang

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