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{adj: unconscious} (followed by `of') not knowing or perceiving
"happily unconscious of the new calamity at home"- Charles Dickens

{n: Burk, Martha Jane Burk, Burke, Martha Jane Burke, Calamity Jane} United States frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903)

{n: calamity, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy, cataclysm} an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
"the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"
"the earthquake was a disaster"

{n: plague} any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)

{n: the Irish Famine, the Great Hunger, the Great Starvation, the Great Calamity} a famine in Ireland resulting from a potato blight; between 1846 and 1851 a million people starved to death and 1.6 million emigrated (most to America)


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