Definition of 'calamity'
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His early career reads like one calamity after another. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But this season has been one calamity after another. The Sun (2016)The threat of economic calamity presses in on many fronts. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The rest of it is sleepwalking to economic calamity. The Sun (2014)She said that the nation could be facing financial calamity without what she called bold and decisive action. Times, Sunday Times (2008)There is no doubt that he has been under enormous pressure as his team have staggered from one calamity to another. Times, Sunday Times (2008)In Britain no bank has been called to account for its part in the current economic calamity. Times, Sunday Times (2011)I plan ahead to avoid calamity. Christianity Today (2000)Economic historians now consider that an almost mystical attachment to the 19th-century gold standard turned a normal business downturn into an economic calamity. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Lots of economists say we need a'fiscal stimulus' to avoid calamity. The Sun (2008)The chief executive of the world's largest bank presided over one calamity after another in the run-up to his demise. Times, Sunday Times (2007)A lot has changed since financial calamity struck in the summer of 2007, much for the better. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Things get on and thrive at the expense of other things, so the bigger the calamity for one section, the better the opportunity for another. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Trends of 'calamity'
Used Occasionally. calamity is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'calamity'
British English: calamity NOUN
A calamity is an event that causes a great deal of damage, destruction, or personal distress.
We may be looking at the greatest natural calamity in human history.
Definition of calamity from the Collins English Dictionary
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