hardship

noun
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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Customers can apply for the new aid programs directly through CPS and SAWS, which will ask for documentation to verify their income and show proof of hardship during the pandemic, like an unemployment or furlough letter. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Nov. 2021 Kelly Klor, who works on food insecurity issues for Blue Star Families, recalls a period of financial hardship 13 years ago as a young mother in Texas whose husband had just enlisted. Ashraf Khalil, ajc, 14 Nov. 2021 Kelly Klor, who works on food insecurity issues for Blue Star Families, recalls a period of financial hardship 13 years ago as a young mother in Texas whose husband had just enlisted. Ashraf Khalil, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2021 Kelly Klor, who works on food insecurity issues for Blue Star Families, recalls a period of financial hardship 13 years ago as a young mother in Texas whose husband had just enlisted. Ashraf Khalil, chicagotribune.com, 14 Nov. 2021 The overwhelming joy the teen experienced, especially in the wake of immense hardship, is one of the reasons why Luu enjoys showing up to work 40 hours a week. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Nov. 2021 In cases of hardship, household B would also have some flexibility to retroactively claim previous months since the child has moved in. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 After all of the hardship to befall the Bryant family, the case of who killed Tramaris Bryant has never been solved. Arkansas Online, 14 Oct. 2021 After a year of unprecedented hardship, the Center has been able to reopen its stages and restore work for the union’s members. Washington Post, 7 Oct. 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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2 Dec 2021

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“Hardship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardship. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for hardship

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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