hardship

noun hard·ship \ ˈhärd-ˌship \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of hardship

2 : something that causes or entails suffering or privation

Examples of hardship in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of hardship from the Web

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First Known Use of hardship

13th century


HARDSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

hardship

noun

Definition of hardship for English Language Learners

  • : pain and suffering

  • : something that causes pain, suffering, or loss


HARDSHIP Defined for Kids

hardship

noun hard·ship \ ˈhärd-ˌship \

Definition of hardship for Students

: 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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