hardship

noun
hard·ship | \ ˈhärd-ˌship \

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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Outside San Francisco’s 49 square miles of unreality, economies like those of Europe have a social safety net to dampen the hardships for the lower classes. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "How Silicon Valley Fuels an Informal Caste System," 9 July 2018 To qualify for a bill, an undocumented immigrant can’t have a criminal record and the sponsor must demonstrate that a deportation would create an extreme hardship for the individual and their immediate family who are U.S. citizens. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "U.S. Rep. Darren Soto's longshot tactic aims to stall deportation of undocumented wife of Polk County Marine veteran," 28 June 2018 Elsewhere in the interview, the two women related over the hardships that come with living life in the spotlight. Chelsea Stone, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift on Her Songwriting Process: "There Are Mystical, Magical Moments"," 10 July 2018 Chozick is equal parts funny and earnest when describing the hardships of Clinton’s campaign (and reporting on it). The Editors, Outside Online, "Step Up Your Car Camping Game," 1 July 2018 The show revealed Fergie's own insecurities and the hardships she's faced in the 20 years since her divorce. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How Sarah Ferguson Rebuilt Her Net Worth and Relationship With the Royal Family," 29 June 2018 The immediate devastation was followed by days of extreme hardship — food, water and gasoline shortages; no electricity; people getting sick from eating spoiled food. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After surviving Hurricane Maria, families left Puerto Rico and found homes in Milwaukee," 7 June 2018 Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel wrote of the hardship the area has endured, as cited in the April issue of Alaska Economic Trends. Author: Naomi Klouda, Anchorage Daily News, "JBER, Downtown Fairbanks among opportunity zone selections," 26 Apr. 2018 Over the first few races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Lady Luck has seen fit to deal the 2016 IndyCar champion what appears to be more than his fair share of hardship. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Simon Pagenaud, Gabby Chaves get into post-race skirmish," 23 Apr. 2018

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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 \

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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