[ ad-vur-si-tee ]
/ ædˈvɜr sɪ ti /
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noun, plural ad·ver·si·ties for 2.
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR adversity
1 catastrophe, disaster; trouble, misery.
OPPOSITES FOR adversity
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Origin of adversity
synonym study for adversity
2. See affliction.
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How to use adversity in a sentence
Just as they face outward physical dangers, agents face many inner psychological adversities.Inside the Mind of the Spy: Agents Struggle in the Shadows|Ursula Wilder|July 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Persons who have themselves experienced trials have more compassion for the adversities of others.Mary, Help of Christians|Various
The people blame themselves for the disasters and the adversities which they endure continually.Superstition In All Ages (1732)|Jean Meslier
The words of Hagar ought also to be regarded as indicative of pious resignation of spirit amidst the adversities of life.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I|Francis Augustus Cox
The adversities of his family and the misfortunes of his country have had most useful effects upon his character.Aurelian|William Ware
Let us follow God's commandments, and do unto others as we would they should do unto us, and be patient under all adversities.Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ|Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.
British Dictionary definitions for adversity
/ (ədˈvɜːsɪtɪ) /
noun plural -ties
distress; affliction; hardship
an unfortunate event or incident
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