calamity calamity  /kə ˈlæ mə ti/

Definition(s):

  • (n) an event resulting in great loss and misfortune

Usage(s):

  1. One of music's finest old traditions is that young conductors must make their debuts only when calamity strikes the maestro and leaves the podium bare.
  2. The police investigation into the calamity points more to a foul-up than foul play.
  3. Budget showdowns have a way of inspiring leaders to predict national calamity should their side not prevail.

News

  1. 'Calamity Jane' coming to Galion this weekend, next

    Galion Community Theatre, Inc. will present the musical comedy 'Calamity Jane' at 8 p.m. June 21-22, 28-29; and 2 p.m. June 30 in The Galion Theatre, 127 Harding Way West. The score boasts such tunes asThe Black Hills of Dakota,' 'My Secret Love,' and
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum

  2. Calamities: Five days off without a make-up; Cambridge Supt. Dettra's contract extended 3 years

    Looking ahead to the coming school year, the Cambridge City School District's Board of Education approved several issues Tuesday, among them an alternate calamity day make-up schedule.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Daily Jeffersonian

  3. Before disaster strikes, check insurance coverage

    Many people are confused about what their homeowners' insurance covers, putting them at risk financially if calamity strikes, according to a new survey commissioned by the insurance comparison site InsuranceQuotes.com.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Detroit News

Quotes

  1. At a ceremonial swearing-in attended by President George W. Bush, Gates warned that failure in Iraq would be a "calamity that would haunt our nation, impair our credibility and endanger Americans for decades to come."
    on Dec 17, 2006 By: Robert Gates Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "He is a one-man calamity," Sharif told reporters. "The United States should see that Musharraf has not limited or curbed terrorism. In fact terrorism is now stronger than ever before with more sinister aspects."
    on Dec 31, 2007 By: Nawaz Sharif Source: Forbes

  3. "I think it's a calamity," said publicist David Brokaw, who has handled crises for celebrities. "I don't see, the way this is shaped, how you can say much about it in terms of something favorable."
    on Feb 3, 2009 By: Tom Brokaw Source: San Jose Mercury News

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