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calamity

noun [C]     /kəˈlæm.ɪ.ti/ US  /-ə.t̬i/
a serious accident or bad event causing damage or suffering: A series of calamities ruined them - floods, a failed harvest, and the death of a son.Accidents and disastersDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesFailures calamitous     /kəˈlæm.ɪ.təs/ US  /-t̬əs/ adjective Accidents and disastersDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesFailures calamitously     /-təs.li/ US  /-t̬əs.li-/ adverb Accidents and disastersDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesFailures
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