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Definition of Calamity

  CALAMITY   noun
A more than commonly plain and unmistakable reminder that the affairs of this life are not of our own ordering.  Calamities are of two kinds:  misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
k??lŠm?t? n. (pl. -ies) 1 a disaster, a great misfortune. 2 a adversity. b deep distress. °Calamity Jane a prophet of disaster. °°calamitous adj. calamitously adv. [ME f. F calamit¸ f. L calamitas -tatis]

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