hardship

noun
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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Arizona Republic Sophomore quarterback Elijah Warner could make his Brophy Prep varsity football debut Friday night against Tolleson, after the Arizona Interscholastic Association's Executive Board this week approved his hardship appeal. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Brophy Prep QB Elijah Warner wins AIA appeal, can make his debut against Tolleson," 4 Sep. 2019 Even those who keep their jobs aren't safe from hardship. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Hong Kong's protests are taking a toll on restaurant and hotel workers," 4 Sep. 2019 The head coach would ask questions about family, background, tough situations and hardships. Laken Litman, SI.com, "Mack Brown's Celebratory Dance Was All About Embracing a New Coaching Style," 3 Sep. 2019 While the waivers are intended to reduce hardships on small oil refiners, some beneficiaries included smaller refineries owned by big oil companies. Fox News, "Midwest farmers' Trump loyalty tested by new corn-ethanol rules," 29 Aug. 2019 While the waivers are intended to reduce hardships on small oil refiners, some beneficiaries include smaller refineries owned by big oil companies. Steve Karnowski, BostonGlobe.com, "Farmers’ loyalty to Trump tested over new corn-ethanol rules," 29 Aug. 2019 While the waivers are intended to reduce hardships on small oil refiners, some beneficiaries include smaller refineries owned by big oil companies. CBS News, "Farmers' loyalty to Trump tested over administration's new corn-ethanol rules," 29 Aug. 2019 In 2015, Subban donated $10 million to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, inspired by his encounters with people and families experiencing hardships. Elizabeth Leonard, PEOPLE.com, "Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn Is Engaged to Hockey Star P.K. Subban," 23 Aug. 2019 Even when Turner references the city’s challenges and hardships, there is a calm, evenness to his tone. Scott Talley, Detroit Free Press, "Lifetime achievement award winner isn't done giving back | Shining Light Awards," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hardship

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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hardship

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hardship

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

hardship

noun
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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