adversity

[ad-vur-si-tee]
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noun, plural ad·ver·si·ties for 2.
  1. adverse or unfavorable fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress: Friends will show their true colors in times of adversity.
  2. an adverse or unfortunate event or circumstance: You will meet many adversities in life.

Origin of adversity

1200–50; Middle English adversite (< Anglo-French) < Latin adversitās. See adverse, -ity

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2. See affliction.

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adversity

noun plural -ties
  1. distress; affliction; hardship
  2. an unfortunate event or incident
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Word Origin and History for adversities

adversity

n.

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).

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