Definition: disaster; misery
Definition: disaster; misery
Sentences Containing 'calamity'
If the suddenness of her calamity, and the whirling wheels of the time, had stunned the Doctor's daughter into awaiting the result in idle despair, it would but have been with her as it was with many.
A Hand at Cards Happily unconscious of the new calamity at home, Miss Pross threaded her way along the narrow streets and crossed the river by the bridge of the Pont Neuf, reckoning in her mind the number of indispensable purchases she had to make.
It would seem, however, to be the aim of life to strive after balance, any violent deviation from which is accompanied by calamity.
bow your neck and spread, for the pet child of calamity's a coming!'
The Child of Calamity said that was so; he said there was nutritiousness in the mud, and a man that drunk Mississippi water could grow corn in his stomach if he wanted to.
`Boys, we'll split a watermelon on that,'says the Child of Calamity; and he come rummaging around in the dark amongst the shingle bundles where I was, and put his hand on me.
They looked me over, wondering, and the Child of Calamity says`A cussed thief!
By the time the ditch has become twelve or fifteen feet wide, the calamity is as good as accomplished, for no power on earth can stop it now.
That this combination of preacher and gray mare should breed calamity, seems strange, and at first glance unbelievable; but the fact is fortified by so much unassailable proof that to doubt is to dishonor reason.
It gives the inexperienced stranger a better idea of what a vast and comprehensive calamity invasion is than he can ever get by reading books at the fireside.
You know the calamity that has happened to us, do you not?''
Morcerf was so completely overwhelmed by this great and unexpected calamity that he could scarcely stammer a few words as he looked around on the assembly.
Such operations, therefore, have always proved favourable to the debtor, and ruinous to the creditor, and have sometimes produced a greater and more universal revolution in the fortunes of private persons, than could have been occasioned by a very great public calamity.
Want, famine, and mortality, would immediately prevail in that class, and from thence extend themselves to all the superior classes, till the number of inhabitants in the country was reduced to what could easily be maintained by the revenue and stock which remained in it, and which had escaped either the tyranny or calamity which had destroyed the rest.
In the course of the present century, too, there has been no great public calamity, such as a civil war, which could either discourage tillage, or interrupt the interior commerce of the country.
If the complete improvement and cultivation of the country be, as it most certainly is, the greatest of all public advantages, this rise in the price of all those different sorts of rude produce, instead of being considered as a public calamity, ought to be regarded as the necessary forerunner and attendant of the greatest of all public advantages.
But the frequent bankruptcies to which such beggarly bankers must be liable, may occasion a very considerable inconveniency, and sometimes even a very great calamity, to many poor people who had received their notes in payment.
Bankruptcy is, perhaps, the greatest and most humiliating calamity which can befal an innocent man.
The freedom of the corn trade is almost everywhere more or less restrained, and in many countries is confined by such absurd regulations, as frequently aggravate the unavoidable misfortune of a dearth into the dreadful calamity of a famine.
The demand of such countries for corn may frequently become so great and so urgent, that a small state in their neighbourhood, which happened at the same time to be labouring under some degree of dearth, could not venture to supply them without exposing itself to the like dreadful calamity.
Any public calamity which should destroy the republican form of government, which should throw the whole administration into the hands of nobles and of soldiers, which should annihilate altogether the importance of those wealthy merchants, would soon render it disagreeable to them to live in a country where they were no longer likely to be much respected.
The calamity, too, would extend much further than to the creditors of the public, and those of every private person would suffer a proportionable loss; and this without any advantage, but in most cases with a great additional loss, to the creditors of the public.
A pretended payment of this kind, therefore, instead of alleviating, aggravates, in most cases, the loss of the creditors of the public; and, without any advantage to the public, extends the calamity to a great number of other innocent people.
The provinces were protected against oppression, and public help was given to cities or districts which might be visited by calamity.
And as anything doth happen unto thee by way of cross, or calamity, call to mind presently and set before thine eyes, the examples of some other men, to whom the self-same thing did once happen likewise.
There is not any man that is so happy in his death, but that some of those that are by him when he dies, will be ready to rejoice at his supposed calamity.
Therefore amongst his other fundamental laws of this kingdom, he did ordain the interdicts and prohibitions which we have touching entrance of strangers; which at that time (though it was after the calamity of America) was frequent; doubting novelties, and commixture of manners.
Not so Luscinda, and Cardenio, and almost all the others, for they shed so many tears, some in their own happiness, some at that of the others, that one would have supposed a heavy calamity had fallen upon them all.
And yet my thoughts were idle; not intent on the calamity that weighed upon my heart, but idly loitering near it.
Upon the shrubby hill of its edge Weena would have stopped, fearing the darkness before us; but a singular sense of impending calamity, that should indeed have served me as a warning, drove me onward.
'This is a dreadful calamity, Mr. Copperfield,' said he, as I entered.
And now, indeed, I began to think that in my old association of her with the stained-glass window in the church, a prophetic foreshadowing of what she would be to me, in the calamity that was to happen in the fullness of time, had found a way into my mind.
The whole calamity, with the falling form of Macey, was plainly descried from the ship.
On August 24, 1391, the long-dreaded calamity fell upon the community of Majorca.
Twenty years later (1435) the calamity dreaded by Simon Duran occurred.
In the 1949 Western, "Calamity Jane and Sam Bass", Bass is portrayed by Howard Duff.
"No One at the Wheel" features videos for the songs songs Calamity Jones, Slow Learner, Traveling Man, Best Be Gone, Ghost of a Chance, Pig in a Dress, and Silent and Automatic.
Falena's national treasure is the Sun Rune, a True Rune which can both bring prosperity and growth as well as destruction and calamity.
The following year, she appeared in "Buffalo Girls", which was based upon the life of western cowgirl, Calamity Jane (played by Anjelica Huston).
Thus did he regard his own want of children as a lighter calamity than the chance of mischief to the provinces."
During the argument, Charlotte says she didn't ask to be born, that her mother didn't really want her, that it's "been a calamity on both sides."
I-Kuan Tao represents a moralistic society derived from Confucian ethics, with the main objective to deliver humanity from the last calamity.
For the curriculum to be effective learners of any age must see the relevancy of the instruction to themselves and that in some form or fashion; it will prove of some benefit or forestall some calamity.
Roman sources view the Battle of Carrhae not only as a calamity for Rome and a disgrace for Marcus Crassus, but also as a tragedy for cutting short Publius Crassus's promising career.
The Black Hills of Dakota is a song, written for the musical film "Calamity Jane," about the singer's love for, and desire to return to, the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Ahmadis point out that the word 'earthquake' is often used for war in the Qur'an: 2)The prophecy says the calamity will prove very hard on travellers.
3) The prophecy points to the ill-effects of the calamity on farms, fields, etc.; Ahmadis again claim that earthquakes have no ill-effects on farms and fields, which are destroyed only by war.
4) The prophecy points to the ill-effects of the calamity on birds; they were to lose their 'senses' and their 'songs'.
5) The Prophecy stated that the calamity would occur within 16 years of 1905.
This indicates that the calamity was to result in some advantage for the Jews.
More Vocab Wordsbuxom - full-bosomed; plump; jolly
peon - landless agricultural worker; bond servant; menial worker; N. peonage
paucity - scarcity; dearth
promulgate - announce; proclaim a doctrine or law; make known by official publication
machinations - evil schemes or plots; schemes or plots to achieve an evil end; V. machinate
crux - essential or main point; Ex. the crux of the problem; ADJ. crucial: of deciding importance
unsightly - ugly; unpleasant to look at
grapple - wrestle; come to grips with; take hold of and struggle with; Ex. grapple with the burglar
prohibitive - so high as to prohibit purchase or use; tending to prevent the purchase or use of something; prohibiting; inclined to prevent or forbid; Ex. prohibitive tax
imbalance - lack of balance or symmetry; disproportion