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.
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How to use adversity in a sentence
I feel like road games are the best because you’ve got people going at you, and you’ve got a little bit more adversity.Virginia pulls away from Georgia Tech, tightens grip on first place in ACC | Gene Wang | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Stories about overcoming adversity and always, always sticking together.How Three Minor League Teams Saved Hometown Baseball | Nick Fouriezos | February 3, 2021 | Ozy
So I guess sometimes you learn a lot more from defeat and adversity than you do from winning.Steve Spagnuolo’s defense frustrated Tom Brady in a Super Bowl. They’ll meet up again Sunday. | Cindy Boren | February 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Obviously a lot of adversity the first little bit here, and he’s been our best player every night, and we’re pretty lucky to have him back there right now.Alex Ovechkin returns, scores overtime winner as Capitals beat Bruins, 4-3 | Samantha Pell | January 31, 2021 | Washington Post
“We’ve got a little bit of adversity right now and we’re still finding a way to get points, and I think in the long run that’s going to be very big for us,” Oshie said.Shorthanded Capitals edge the Islanders on Justin Schultz’s late goal | Samantha Pell | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
They are stories of persecution and triumph, adversity and strength.
No matter what adversity or fear we may confront, we are always inherently free to choose how to be.
She has inspired us all with her courage in the face of adversity and her strength for never giving up.Gabby Giffords and the Problem with ‘Inspiration Porn’ | Elizabeth Heideman | September 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
How she triumphed over the adversity in her life is what makes her such a powerful role model for generations of women.
And yet these A-listers seem to have that “strength in adversity” image down cold.Face It—We Rubes Will Never Live Like Gwyneth and Jennifer Aniston | Rachel Bertsche | July 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even God may look with pleasure upon a brave man struggling against adversity.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
The blasts of adversity were necessary to winnow the spurious and false away, and to leave the tried and true behind.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
And therefore he never withdraweth his mercy from us: but though he chastise his people with adversity he forsaketh them not.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
The former says:—'I condemn thy teaching; it is (mere) adversity.'Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
It is characteristic of the Germans to bring an accusation like that against a brave and innocent man in adversity.
British Dictionary definitions for adversity
distress; affliction; hardship
an unfortunate event or incident
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