adversity

[ad-vur-si-tee]

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.

Nearby words

  1. adverse possession,
  2. adverse pressure gradient,
  3. adverse reaction,
  4. adverse selection,
  5. adversely,
  6. advert,
  7. advertence,
  8. advertency,
  9. advertent,
  10. advertise

Origin of adversity

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

Synonym study

2. See affliction.

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British Dictionary definitions for adversities

adversity

noun plural -ties

distress; affliction; hardship
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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