Calamity is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand calamity (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use calamity in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of calamity, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of calamity, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
EXAMPLES - Calamity in a Sentence
- The calamity is that we have to dress up to teach. (source)
- His only defense against the calamity is a wry laugh. (source)
- The calamity was a blessing -- as most calamities are. (source)
- Britain's contribution to the calamity is far smaller than America's. (source)
- Every day that passes without another calamity is a day for quiet rejoicing. (source)
- Even prosperity, much more calamity, is a punishment to the wicked (Pr 1: 32). (source)
- What mainly averted such a calamity was the prudent behaviour of the much-abused Scots. (source)
- The prison calamity is more the inattention of the last ten eyars than buiolding more now. (source)
- When deviant behaviour exists with the cowardly behaviour of leaders, calamity is the next step. (source)
- McCain carefully avoided the term, but Obama did not hesitate to call the calamity of 1915, genocide. (source)
- The calamity is the complete thought-free urn into which Republicans have headlong and head first dived. (source)
- The unhappy cause of his calamity was a passion he entertained for one Miss Dashwood, which proved unsuccessful. (source)
- If the infringement is grave, he is tortured day and night by the fear of having called a calamity upon his tribe. (source)
- As Emerson went on to say, a writer engages despair by writing about it; '' in calamity, he finds new materials. '' (source)
- In this future, the big calamity is a plague that has made genetic mutations the order of the day, in animals and humans. (source)
- Now, when Shah Zaman saw this conduct of his sister in law he said in himself, By Allah, my calamity is lighter than this! (source)
- Other nations face similar financial calamity, which is why the World Economic Forum paid attention to last month's article in (source)
- What in Europe was remembered as a calamity from the clear sky was merely a patrol in force, scouting the edge of the grasslands. (source)
- Piscator translates, "When thy calamity is at hand (according to God's threats), thou gloriest" (against God, instead of humbling thyself). (source)
- It's a manmade - manmade, not woman-made-manmade calamity, which is the result of building large dams, large barrages and also the embankments. (source)
- Disaster Management Minister Nitish Mishra said that rehabilitating hundreds of thousands of people affected by the calamity was a "Herculean task". (source)
- Instead of sheltering them from every possible calamity, which is a mom's instinct, teach them how to deal with the many things life can throw at them. (source)
- Then specifically came "Holocaust" -- a Greek word meaning "burnt offering" -- and "Shoah," the Hebrew word "calamity" applied to the crime of Judeocide. (source)
- The thought of such a calamity was the rudest blow of all, and the possibility of her going away for a time, shocking as it was, seemed almost light beside it. (source)
- The unfortunate man later acknowledged that his calamity was a direct visitation of Almighty God for his gross and intentional irreverence to the image of a saint. (source)
- In the former, the state still exists, and the calamity is a plague of locusts; in the latter, no account is taken of the locusts -- it is a time of national disaster. (source)
- When I could not recall a calamity of similar dimensions striking Argentina in recent memory, the Australian answered with a smile: "All the disasters in this country are man-made." (source)
- One remarkable incident of the calamity was the destruction of the stocks of the booksellers, which had been brought into the vaults of St. Paul's for safety, and perished with the cathedral. (source)
- The primary cause of the calamity is the same everywhere -- the subprime mortgage mess has left thousands of homeowners in houses they can't afford and aren't worth as much as they owe on them. (source)
- This calamity is exactly what happened to my Uncle Joseph, who was removed from my grandparents when he was a toddler and sent to the Texas State School because he had begun acting out in rage at his inability to communicate with others. (source)
- Happening now, Robert Gates officially taking charge of the Pentagon and the troubled war in Iraq with a swearing in ceremony -- he's warning that failure in Iraq would be what he called a calamity that would haunt the U.S. -- his words -- for decades. (source)
- Holliday told ABC 36 News Tuesday that he opposes granting school districts so called calamity days, even though he says the state must be "reasonable" when it comes to possible disaster days in systems that have dealt with other situations, such as swine flu. (source)
- One cannot but note in Moses 'prediction of the last plague the solemn enlargement on the details of the widespread calamity, which is not unfeeling gloating over an oppressor's misery, but a yearning to save from hideous misery by timely and plain depicting of it. (source)
- The spirit is true to itself, and finds its own support in any condition, learns to live in what is called calamity, as easily as in what is called felicity, as the frailest glass-bell will support a weight of a thousand pounds of water at the bottom of a river or sea, if filled with the same. (source)
- As in Ho 5: 13, 14, the violence of the calamity is prefigured by the "wound" which "a lion" inflicts, so here its long protracted duration, and the certainty and completeness of the destruction from small unforeseen beginnings, by the images of a slowly but surely consuming moth and rottenness. (source)
- How often doth that which was called a calamity prove the beginning and cause of a man's happiness? and, on the contrary, that which happened or came to another with great gratulation and applause, how it hath lifted him but a step higher to his ruin? as if he stood before where he might fall safely. (source)
- Church know that the first and principal cause of human woe is this, that on account of sin man is made subject to death and other calamity, which is so much more vehement in the Church, because the devil, from the hatred toward God, makes fearful assaults on the Church and strives to destroy it utterly. (source)
- This calamity is the more heavy, as it carries with it a great disappointment; for very near our habitation was a high wall, the sunny side of which was covered with the most delicious fruits; peaches, apricots, nectarines, &c. all just then ripening; and I thought of having such a feast with my children as I had never enjoyed in my life. (source)
- A few pale figures were to be distinguished at the accustomed resort at the Tuileries; they wondered wherefore the islanders should approach their ill-fated city -- for in the excess of wretchedness, the sufferers always imagine, that their part of the calamity is the bitterest, as, when enduring intense pain, we would exchange the particular torture we writhe under, for any other which should visit a different part of the frame. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 51.0, which suggests that "calamity" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 28 synonyms for calamity.
adversity, affliction, blue ruin, cataclysm, catastrophe, collapse, cross, curtains, distress, downfall, hardship, holy mess, misadventure, mischance, misfortune, mishap, reverse, ruin, scourge, the worst, trial, tribulation, unholy mess, visitation, waterloo, woe, wreck, wretchedness
We have 18 antonyms for calamity.
advantage, benefit, blessing, boon, comfort, creation, favor, fortune, good fortune, good luck, happiness, health, joy, miracle, peace, profit, success, wonder
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of calamity from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) An event that brings terrible loss, lasting distress, or severe affliction; a disaster: A hurricane would be a calamity for this low-lying coastal region.
- (noun) Dire distress resulting from loss or tragedy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) An event resulting in great loss.
- (noun) The distress that results from some disaster.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) Any great misfortune or cause of misery; -- generally applied to events or disasters which produce extensive evil, either to communities or individuals.
- (noun) A state or time of distress or misfortune; misery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Any great misfortune or cause of misery; in general, any event or disaster which produces extensive evils, as loss of crops, earthquakes, etc., but also applied to any misfortune which brings great distress upon a single person; misfortune; distress; adversity.
- (noun) Synonyms Disaster, Catastrophe, etc. (see misfortune), hardship, adversity, affliction, blow, stroke.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) an event resulting in great loss and misfortune