1. In a literal sense, I'm looking for a translation that'd fit an event that had already transpired; preferably a word synonymous to Calamity? I would like to not make it blatantly obvious. I appreciate any consideration!
  2. Hawkwood .

    • Civis
    CALAMITAS

    Wait for confirmation as I'm not a Latinist and there might be a better alternative.
  3. Dantius Homo Sapiens

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    in orbe lacteo
    That works, but another word that looks less like the English is clades. It usually refers to a military defeat, but my dictionary gives the basic definition as:
    destruction, devastation, injury, mischief, harm, misfortune, disaster, loss, detriment, calamity
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  4. Mafalda Member

    Location:
    Paulopolis
    I like clades more, but it will not do. Calamitas looks Latin and clades might be misunderstood for the English.
  5. Dantius Homo Sapiens

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    in orbe lacteo

    :confused:
    "calamitas" is nearly letter-for-letter the English word "calamity", whereas "clades" does not look like any English word, especially not "calamity".
  6. Mafalda Member

    Location:
    Paulopolis
    https://www.nature.com/scitable/definition/clade-269: A branch that includes a single common ancestor and all of its descendants is called a clade. ;)
  7. Hawkwood .

    • Civis
    There's also MALVM as well.
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  8. Dantius Homo Sapiens

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    in orbe lacteo
    OK, fair enough, but that word is not relevant to "calamity", nor is it a super common word, so I don't think it would really cause much confusion.

    That could work, but it's often used in senses not nearly as extreme as "calamity". For instance in Plautus one human will often threaten another by saying "dabo tibi magnum malum" meaning "I will give you great punishment/hurt". In that sense it's not really a "calamity" but just a punishment or injury of a single person.
  9. Hawkwood .

    • Civis
    Does classical Latin have a particular word for a military calamity or blunder? I'd imagine so, perhaps.
  10. Dantius Homo Sapiens

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    in orbe lacteo
    clades is what's generally used for that.
  11. I am overjoyed with all the responses; thank you! If it would help, the word would revolve around destruction and devastation, a catastrophe. It doesn't have to be on epic proportions. Just a word that doesn't look like what it would in English?

    Clades and Malum, are wonderful options to!!
  12. Iáson Cívis Illústris

    • Civis Illustris
    perniciés, lábés, exitium, ruína, interitus, cásus...?
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  13. Dantius Homo Sapiens

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    in orbe lacteo
    All good options as well.

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