Synonyms for calamity

Grammar : Noun
Spell : kuh-lam-i-tee
Phonetic Transcription : kəˈlæm ɪ ti

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Définition of calamity

Origin :
  • early 15c., from Middle French calamite (14c.), from Latin calamitatem (nominative calamitas) "damage, loss, failure; disaster, misfortune, adversity," origin obscure. Early etymologists associated it with calamus "straw" (see shawm); but it is perhaps from a lost root preserved in incolumis "uninjured," from PIE *kle-mo-, from base *kel- "to strike, cut" (see hilt).
  • noun disaster; tragedy
Example sentences :
  • Oh, Colonel, help me to guard against so dreadful a calamity.
  • Extract from : « Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 » by Various
  • Decidedly, Dick had been a godsend, and his absence would be a calamity.
  • Extract from : « Viviette » by William J. Locke
  • Three things have happened, either one of which would alone have been a calamity.
  • Extract from : « The Bacillus of Beauty » by Harriet Stark
  • Doubtless posterity has acquired a better city by the calamity of that generation.
  • Extract from : « Old News » by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • What horrible thing, what calamity that frightened my soul to think of, had fallen on me?
  • Extract from : « Green Mansions » by W. H. Hudson
  • Every trail has its end, and every calamity brings its lesson!
  • Extract from : « The Last of the Mohicans » by James Fenimore Cooper
  • An ominous leave-taking was his, and calamity was there to greet him home again.
  • Extract from : « Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew » by Josephine Preston Peabody
  • One moment of heedless inconsideration may plunge thee in years of calamity.
  • Extract from : « Imogen » by William Godwin
  • The chearfulness of innocence supported her under every calamity.
  • Extract from : « Imogen » by William Godwin
  • Dazed I was, to be sure, scarce comprehending the calamity that had befallen us.
  • Extract from : « Ruggles of Red Gap » by Harry Leon Wilson

Antonyms for calamity

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