Calamity vs Misery - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between calamity and misery

is that calamity is an event resulting in great loss while misery is great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe.

calamity

English

Noun

(calamities)
  • An event resulting in great loss.
  • The distress that results from some disaster.
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  • They were behind twice, first in the 11th minute when James Morrison scored a goal that was a personal calamity for Hart, and then four minutes into the second half when Kenny Miller eluded Gary Cahill to score with a splendid left-foot drive.

    Synonyms

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    misery

    English

    Noun

    (miseries)
  • Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe.
  • Ever since his wife left him you can see the misery on his face .
  • Cause of misery; calamity; misfortune.
  • (Extreme) poverty.
  • Greed; avarice.
  • Synonyms

    * see

    Derived terms

    * put out of one's misery