hard·​ship | \ ˈhärd-ˌship How to pronounce hardship (audio) \

Definition of hardship

2 : something that causes or entails suffering or privation

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Examples of hardship in a Sentence

He had suffered through considerable hardship. The city has been experiencing a period of financial hardship. They had to endure the hardships of life on the frontier.
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Recent Examples on the Web Supervisors in late April established the loan program initially to help businesses in the unincorporated areas that are experiencing hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic. Charles T. Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County expands small business loan program to include businesses in cities," 29 Sep. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic ushered in an uptick in mail theft, Davis said, likely because more people were experiencing financial hardship and the arrival of stimulus checks made an alluring target. NBC News, "Is mail theft surging in the U.S.? Postal Service inspectors don't know," 27 Sep. 2020 In addition to suspending disconnections, FPL in mid-March began offering payment extensions and waiving late fees for customers experiencing hardship due to the pandemic. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "FPL offering $200 bill credit, faster deposit refunds," 15 Sep. 2020 The moratorium seeks to help as many as 40 million Americans experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who referenced the imminent action earlier in the day. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Aug. 31-Sept. 1," 3 Sep. 2020 Applicants must be Oregon residents with valid identifications, have earned less than the equivalent of $48,000 per year before the coronavirus hit, and be experiencing financial hardship because of the pandemic. oregonlive, "Long lines persist for Oregon’s $500 relief payments – about half the money is gone," 21 Aug. 2020 Following a Finals loss to San Antonio in 2014, James returned to Cleveland before experiencing hardship in the Finals against Golden State. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Why LeBron James' pursuit of a fourth NBA championship will be his most difficult," 18 Aug. 2020 The initiatives in both Los Angeles and Illinois are open specifically to those experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "Rent and mortgage relief: How to find out if you’re eligible for new programs in your area," 11 Aug. 2020 Travelers experiencing financial hardship may qualify for a payment plan. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Australia Will No Longer Cover the Cost of Coronavirus Quarantine for Travelers Arriving in Sydney," 13 July 2020

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First Known Use of hardship

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of hardship was in the 13th century

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14 Oct 2020

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“Hardship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardship. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hardship

: pain and suffering
: something that causes pain, suffering, or loss


hard·​ship | \ ˈhärd-ˌship How to pronounce hardship (audio) \

Kids Definition of hardship

: 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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