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calamity (kuh LAHM i tee) (s) (noun), calamities (pl)
1. A disastrous event resulting in great loss and misfortune: The recent flooding was a great calamity.
2. A great misfortune or disaster: There were calamities for all of the people who were involved in the series of auto accidents that took place in the thick fog.
3. A grievous affliction; adversity; misery: People are seeing many more calamities resulting from the wars in Iraq, Syria, and other countries from which refugees are fleeing to European countries.
4. An event that brings terrible loss, lasting distress, or severe affliction: The fire in the hotel resulted in calamities that caused losses of life and many severe injuries.

"Calamity is what a pessimist sees in every opportunity, while the optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity."

—Evan Esar; Esar's Comic Dictionary
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