The calamity that President Obama confronts is still in its earliest stages.
A technical sovereign debt default triggered by a debt-ceiling stalemate would be a calamity for the American and world economies.
calamity,” Roth writes elsewhere, “when it comes, comes in a rush.
The only calamity reported around that time was a USAir crash in Pennsylvania that killed 132.
Today we need not think of war in the traditional sense as the only calamity that could ensue from a breakdown of European unity.
Especially in the representation of Mr. Peggotty's profound grief, under what is to him so appalling a calamity.
Oh, Colonel, help me to guard against so dreadful a calamity.
Of course we laughed at his calamity, and he thought we should not encourage such things by laughing at them.
Decidedly, Dick had been a godsend, and his absence would be a calamity.
This calamity came upon us gradually, long before the present war, and will last long after that has died away.
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).