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Severity ScalePlay
Use 'calamity' for events more destructive than 'accidents' but less than 'apocalypses'. SlideThe forest fire was a calamity for the affected wildlife.
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Human SufferingPlay
'Calamity' often implies that people were harmed or are in distress. SlideThe famine represented a great calamity for the region.
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Not PersonalPlay
Typically not used for personal troubles unless they're extremely severe, affecting many. SlideLosing her job was a calamity for her entire family.