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Definition of Calamity

Calamity

  1. Any great misfortune or cause of misery; -- generally applied to events or disasters which produce extensive evil, either to communities or individuals.
  2. A state or time of distress or misfortune; misery.

Calamity Quotations

Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
Charles Caleb Colton

There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice and the consequent loss of national self-respect and honor, beneath which are shielded and defended a people's safety and greatness.
Eldridge Cleaver

He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity.
Samuel Richardson

A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
Frederick Douglass
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Calamity Translations

calamity in Dutch is plaag
calamity in French is plaie
calamity in Hungarian is balsors
calamity in Latin is calamitas, lues
calamity in Norwegian is katastrofe
calamity in Swedish is olycka
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