[ 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

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English adversite, from Anglo-French, from Latin adversitās “opposition”; equivalent to adverse + -ity

synonym study For adversity

2. See affliction.

Other words for adversity

Opposites for adversity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use adversity in a sentence

  • 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) /

nounplural -ties
  1. distress; affliction; hardship

  2. an unfortunate event or incident

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