noun hard·ship \ˈhärd-ˌship\

: pain and suffering

: something that causes pain, suffering, or loss

Full Definition of HARDSHIP

:  something that causes or entails suffering or privation

Examples of HARDSHIP

  1. He had suffered through considerable hardship.
  2. The city has been experiencing a period of financial hardship.
  3. They had to endure the hardships of life on the frontier.

First Known Use of HARDSHIP

13th century
HARDSHIP Defined for Kids


noun hard·ship \ˈhärd-ˌship\

Definition of HARDSHIP for Kids

:  something (as a loss or injury) that is hard to bear <“… we had many hardships to endure besides the fighting …” — Anna Sewell, Black Beauty>


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