- The definition of a calamity is an event that brings loss or a disaster.
An example of a calamity is a tornado.
The calamity caused by a tornado.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- deep trouble or misery
- any extreme misfortune bringing great loss and sorrow; disaster
Origin: Middle French calamité ; from Classical Latin calamitas: see clastic
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noun pl. ca·lam·i·ties
- 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.
- Dire distress resulting from loss or tragedy.
Origin: Middle English calamite, from Old French, from Latin calamitās.