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Definitions for calamitous
kəˈlæm ɪ təscalami·tous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. black, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fatefuladjective

    (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin

    "the stock market crashed on Black Friday"; "a calamitous defeat"; "the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign"; "such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory"- Charles Darwin; "it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"- Douglas MacArthur; "a fateful error"


  1. calamitousadjective

    Concerning or involving calamity, disastrous.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Calamitousadjective

    Etymology: calamitosus, Lat.

    This is a gracious provision God Almighty hath made in favour of the necessitous and calamitous; the state of some, in this life, being so extremely wretched and deplorable, if compared with others. Edmund Calamy.

    What calamitous effects the air of this city wrought upon us the last year, you may read in my discourse of the plague. Gideon Harvey, on Consumptions.

    Strict necessity
    Subdues me, and calamitous constraint!
    Lest on my head both sin and punishment,
    However insupportable, be all
    Devolv’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 132.

    Much rather I shall chuse
    To live the poorest in my tribe, than richest,
    And be in that calamitous prison left. John Milton, Agonistes.

    In this sad and calamitous condition, deliverance from an oppressour would have even revived them. South.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calamitousadjective

    suffering calamity; wretched; miserable

  2. Calamitousadjective

    producing, or attended with distress and misery; making wretched; wretched; unhappy

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of calamitous in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of calamitous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of calamitous in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Byrnes:

    Punditry needs to pundit, right, but that would be one of a variety of calamitous results, one of thousands of reasons why the recall needs to be defeated.

  2. Cormac McCarthy:

    The truth about the world, he said, is that anything is possible. Had you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is, a hat trick in a medicine show, a fevered dream, a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent, an itinerant carnival, a migratory tentshow whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in many a mudded field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning.

  3. Joan Laporta:

    There is no margin after a calamitous situation that was all down to the previous board of administration.

  4. Boris Johnson:

    The euro is a calamitous project, it will limp on with sclerotic growth rates, it will eventually blow up but I wouldn't care to bet when.

  5. James Madison:

    The internal effects of a mutable policy are [...] calamitous. It poisons the blessings of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow.

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