Definition of adversity in English:

adversity

Syllabification: ad·ver·si·ty
Pronunciation: /ədˈvərsədē
 
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noun (plural adversities)

Difficulties; misfortune: resilience in the face of adversity she overcame many adversities
More example sentences
  • Her brilliance at the keyboard is an inspirational example of how talent can overcome adversity.
  • He has overcome massive adversity throughout the last three-and-a-half years.
  • These would offer hope and understanding at a time when there's so much suffering and adversity in the world.
Synonyms
misfortune, ill luck, bad luck, trouble, difficulty, hardship, distress, disaster, suffering, affliction, sorrow, misery, tribulation, woe, pain, trauma; mishap, misadventure, accident, upset, reverse, setback, crisis, catastrophe, tragedy, calamity, trial, cross, burden, blow; hard times, trials and tribulations
informal ill wind

Origin

Middle English: from Old French adversite, from Latin adversitas, from advertere 'turn toward'.

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