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noun ad·ver·si·ty \ad-ˈvər-sə-tē\

: a difficult situation or condition : misfortune or tragedy

plural ad·ver·si·ties

Full Definition of ADVERSITY

:  a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune (see adverse)

Examples of ADVERSITY

  1. He showed courage in the face of adversity.
  2. We had to learn to deal with adversity.
  3. After two years of research, I discovered that everyone has a crisis personality survivor IQ—that they marshal in a moment of adversity: a mindset and ways of thinking about a situation. —Ben Sherwood, Newsweek, 2 Feb. 2009


(see adverse)
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of ADVERSITY

misfortune, mischance, adversity, mishap mean adverse fortune or an instance of this. misfortune may apply to either the incident or conjunction of events that is the cause of an unhappy change of fortune or to the ensuing state of distress <never lost hope even in the depths of misfortune>. mischance applies especially to a situation involving no more than slight inconvenience or minor annoyance <took the wrong road by mischance>. adversity applies to a state of grave or persistent misfortune <had never experienced great adversity>. mishap applies to an often trivial instance of bad luck <the usual mishaps of a family vacation>.
ADVERSITY Defined for Kids


noun ad·ver·si·ty \ad-ˈvər-sə-tē\
plural ad·ver·si·ties

Definition of ADVERSITY for Kids

:  hard times :  misfortune <Despite the adversity of his childhood, he achieved great success.>


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