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adversity

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of adversity

  1. 1 bad luck or an example of this many people came face-to-face with life-altering adversity when the stock market crashed Synonyms of adversity misfortune, ill, knock, misadventure, mischance, mishap, tragedyWords Related to adversity calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster; affliction, hardship, trial, tribulation, woe; distress, misery, suffering, unhappiness; defeat, failure, fizzle, nonsuccess; curse, evil, sorrow, trouble; accident, casualty; blow, body blow, disappointment, letdown, setback; circumstance, destiny, doom, fate, lot, portionNear Antonyms of adversity break, chance, fluke, godsend, hit, opportunity, strike, stroke, windfall; accomplishment, achievement, successAntonyms of adversity fortune, luck, serendipity

  2. 2 something that is a cause for suffering or special effort especially in the attainment of a goal some overcame all the adversities of the Great Depression and rebuilt their fortunes Synonyms of adversity difficulty, asperity, hardness, hardship, rigorWords Related to adversity discomfort, inconvenience, nuisance; affliction, trial, tribulation; knock, misfortune, mishap, tragedy; bar, catch, check, clog, crimp, embarrassment, handicap, hindrance, hitch, hurdle, impediment, interference, let, manacle, obstacle, obstruction, pons asinorum, rub, shackle, snag, stop, trammel; block, chain, deterrent, encumbrance, fetter, inhibition; humpNear Antonyms of adversity advantage, break, opportunity

Synonym Discussion of adversity

misfortune, mischance, adversity, mishap mean adverse fortune or an instance of this. misfortune may apply to either the incident or conjunction of events that is the cause of an unhappy change of fortune or to the ensuing state of distress.
    • never lost hope even in the depths of misfortune
mischance applies especially to a situation involving no more than slight inconvenience or minor annoyance.
    • took the wrong road by mischance
adversity applies to a state of grave or persistent misfortune.
    • had never experienced great adversity
mishap applies to an often trivial instance of bad luck.
    • the usual mishaps of a family vacation


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