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a great misfortune or disaster, as a flood or serious injury.
grievous affliction; adversity; misery:
the calamity of war.
Contemporary Examples

Obama’s Day of Reckoning Sean Wilentz February 23, 2009
Markets Approve of the Way U.S. Political System Handles Debt Problems Robert Shapiro January 2, 2013
American Dreams: How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’ Nathaniel Rich November 22, 2014
Before the Rapture Bryan Curtis May 18, 2011
The Greek Threat Jeffrey E. Garten February 24, 2010

Historical Examples

Charles Dickens as a Reader Charles Kent
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various
The Missing Link in Modern Spiritualism A. Leah Underhill
Viviette William J. Locke
Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3) Theodore Parker

noun (pl) -ties
a disaster or misfortune, esp one causing extreme havoc, distress, or misery
a state or feeling of deep distress or misery


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