Usage examples for calamitous

  1. Out of a force of twenty- five men one had deserted, and ten were on the sick list, and the presentiment that the ill- looking neighbourhood of Kingaru would prove calamitous to me was verified. – How I Found Livingstone by Sir Henry M. Stanley
  2. The sufferings of the people afflicted by famine were deplored, they were regarded with deep pity; everything was done which could be done to relieve them, but it was hoped that out of this calamitous state of affairs would be evolved, through the overruling of Providence, a signal moral and spiritual benefit to the people generally. – Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877 by James Kennedy
  3. They had no sooner stated their errand than Mr. Huskisson, angrily throwing down his pen, in very few words refused their request, winding up his reply with these memorable words- remarkable not only for the fallacy of his then opinions, but also in connection with the calamitous event of the next day-" Gentlemen, I supported the scheme of the railway between Liverpool and Manchester as an experiment, but as long as I have the honour to hold a seat in parliament, I will never consent to see England gridironed by railways!" – Recollections of Old Liverpool by A Nonagenarian
  4. The Gentleman's Magazine writer's remedy for " a condition compared with which none is so deeply calamitous; no distress so truly miserable; no object so deserving of compassion, and none so worthy of redress," was a really effective Bill for the regulation of private mad- houses. – Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles by Daniel Hack Tuke
  5. She was competent to deal with most calamitous situations and to make them bearable, to make them even graceful. – Amabel Channice by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  6. Speaking of the merchants of New York, and their recovering after the heavy losses they sustained by the calamitous fire of 1835, she says, that although eighteen millions of property were destroyed, not one merchant failed; and she continues, " It seems now as if the commercial credit of New York could stand any shock short of an earthquake like that of Lisbon." – Diary in America, Series One by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  7. Make not this battle more calamitous by the death of a consul. – The History of Rome; Books Nine to Twenty-Six by Titus Livius
  8. It is a grievous curse to the nations engaged, and a calamitous hindrance to civilization. – Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day by Alfred Farthing Robbins
  9. I.- The Beginning of the War I have written the account of the war between Athens and Sparta, since it is the greatest and the most calamitous of all wars hitherto to the Greeks. – The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI. by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  10. So eager for the fray are the warriors, so well organised, so completely devoted to the self- sacrificing duty of protecting the community, that two distinct methods of advance and attack are exercised forthwith in the midst of what appears to be calamitous confusion. – Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield
  11. Amongst the calamitous record there were four more of the name- their bodies scattered widely in distant unknown graves, victims of the spirit of adventure and unrest. – The Shadow of the East by E. M. Hull
  12. It was to be sublime, but insane and calamitous nevertheless. – The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller by Calvin Thomas
  13. Which is only a very little less calamitous than your enmity, he continued, in a cold rage. – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  14. I congratulate you sincerely on the prospect of your country's being freed from the menace of war, which, however just, is always expensive and calamitous, and sometimes unsuccessful. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  15. To have your initial endeavours, too, handicapped by so calamitous an occurrence would have excused despondency, but- ' Hasn't he a lovely style? – Back To Billabong by Mary Grant Bruce
  16. No Sampson arrived, but about twelve Gumbo with a portmanteau of his master's clothes, who flung himself, roaring with grief, at Harry's feet: and with a thousand vows of fidelity, expressed himself ready to die, to sell himself into slavery over again, to do anything to rescue his beloved Master Harry from this calamitous position. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray