adversity

[ ad-vur-si-tee ]
/ ædˈvɜr sɪ ti /

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.

Origin of adversity

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

synonym study for adversity

2. See affliction.
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British Dictionary definitions for adversity

adversity
/ (ədˈvɜːsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

distress; affliction; hardship
an unfortunate event or incident
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