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

Definition of hardship

2 : something that causes or entails suffering or privation

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.
Recent Examples on the Web As many of us predicted, the crisis drove incredible hardship for Low-Moderate Income (LMI) consumers and small businesses. Vikas Raj, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 In other sports, those that play several times a week, long trips, such as USC or UCLA traveling between Rutgers or Maryland, certainly create a hardship for those student-athletes. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 22 July 2022 One resolution might involve incredible hardship for the mother, family and society. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 19 July 2022 That could be a particular hardship for workers in physically demanding or low-income jobs, who often don’t have the flexibility to put off Social Security retirement much past the minimum claiming age of 62. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2022 These alternatives were rejected as unfeasible in a response on behalf of the developer by London Moeder Advisors, which stressed that denial of the project would create a financial hardship for the owner. Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July 2022 Families and advocates say losing universal school lunch and breakfast next year would have been hardship for families. Lisa Rathke, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 June 2022 Families and advocates say losing universal school lunch and breakfast next year would have been hardship for families. Lisa Rathke, Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2022 If Tops doesn’t reopen, Taylor said, Black residents would have to leave their neighborhoods to get fresh produce, a significant hardship for the 40 percent of residents who don’t have cars. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hardship

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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16 Aug 2022

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“Hardship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardship. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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