Definition of adversity
: a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune showing courage in the face of adversity
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Examples of adversity in a Sentence
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
Perhaps because their brains are wired differently, dyslexics are often skilled problem solvers, coming at solutions from novel or surprising angles and making conceptual leaps. … It may also be that their early struggle with reading better prepares them for dealing with adversity in a volatile, fast-changing world. —Christine Gorman, Time, 28 July 2003
High school, college and even NFL teams have been getting a quick morale boost by going to see Remember the Titans, the schmaltzy but uplifting story about (what else?) a football squad overcoming adversity. —Sports Illustrated, 6 Nov. 2000
The narrative plot is clearly defined, and it is classically familiar: Huck (without Jim) and Tom Sawyer light out for unknown territory to discover their manhood by successfully confronting the harsh adversities of life. —John W. Aldridge, Atlantic, August 1994
He showed courage in the face of adversity.
We had to learn to deal with adversity.
Recent Examples of adversity from the Web
Becoming A Man’ program — a one-year intervention, over 32 or so weeks, where kids met with a mentor once a week to develop social connection, to develop skills on how to handle conflict and adversity.
Sure, some people might look at him a little funny for walking down the beach in a speedo in ten-inch heels, but compared to the adversity he's overcome in his life, Loresca is hardly bothered by the leers of strangers.
But for those who endure through adversity, the rewards of a travel-centric relationship are bounteous—and research backs this up.
Eddie Hoffman's first win of the season in Friday night's late-model feature was a testimony to a fast car and his ability to file away adversity.
The Halas Award is presented each year to an NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.
The last two have been comeback victories for the Wildcats, who haven't dealt that much with adversity.
This team had to overcome a lot of adversity throughout the season.
The Warriors have dealt with adversity — particularly Durant’s knee injury and coach Steve Kerr’s absence caused by his ongoing back problems.
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Did You Know?
Adversity, "mischance," "misfortune," and "mishap" all suggest difficulty of one sort or another. "Adversity" particularly applies to a state of grave or persistent misfortune (as in "a childhood marked by great adversity"). "Mishap" suggests an often trivial instance of bad luck (as in "the usual mishaps of a family vacation"). "Misfortune" is the most common and the most general of the terms, often functioning as a simple synonym of "bad luck" (as in "They had the misfortune to get a flat tire on the way to their wedding"). "Mischance" applies especially to a situation involving no more than slight inconvenience or minor annoyance (as in "Some small mischance befell us").
Synonym Discussion of adversity
ADVERSITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adversity for English Language Learners
: a difficult situation or condition : misfortune or tragedy
ADVERSITY Defined for Kids
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