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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Recent Examples on the Web The analysis offers the fullest look at hardship reduction under the stimulus aid. BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2021 Students’ outbursts, sadness Kindergarten and first-grade teacher Jesenia Chavez over the last year has watched hardship engulf her students, many of whom are immigrants who entered the country without visas. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2021 Mercury coach Sandy Brondello said Gorecki's play against the Mercury in two preseason games with Seattle was a determining factor in signing her as a hardship roster exemption. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 28 May 2021 Per capita, this land of epochal hardship has recently blossomed into one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Two-hundred million dollars of federal stimulus aid will go to efforts to support victims of domestic abuse, acknowledging the unique hardship victims trapped at home with their abusers faced during the pandemic. Fortune, 25 May 2021 Navajos clamored to enroll or fix their records as the tribe offered hardship assistance payments from last year’s federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2021 Navajos clamored to enroll or fix their records as the tribe offered hardship assistance payments from last year’s federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, 20 May 2021 Navajos clamored to enroll or fix their records as the tribe offered hardship assistance payments from last year’s federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Felicia Fonseca, chicagotribune.com, 19 May 2021

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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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5 Jun 2021

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“Hardship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardship. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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