noun \ad-ˈvər-sə-tē\

: a difficult situation or condition : misfortune or tragedy

plural ad·ver·si·ties

Full Definition of ADVERSITY

:  a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty or adverse fortune (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


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