- adverse or unfavorable fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress: Friends will show their true colors in times of adversity.
- an adverse or unfortunate event or circumstance: You will meet many adversities in life.
Origin of adversity
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Examples from the Web for adversities
Why, her grief over the country's adversities must have cut her life short.
It will help thee at thy need, in sickness, grief, and all adversities.Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery
Robert Means Lawrence
Ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all adversities.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
But their English hearts were not daunted, and bravely did they struggle with their adversities.Memorials of Old London
But with our own distempers and adversities it is altogether different.Thoughts on Man
- distress; affliction; hardship
- an unfortunate event or incident
Word Origin and History for adversities
c.1200, aduersite "misfortune, hardship, difficulty," from Old French aversité "adversity, calamity, misfortune; hostility, wickedness, malice" (Modern French adversité), from Latin adversitatem (nominative adversitas) "opposition," from adversus (see adverse).