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adversity

[ad-vur-si-tee] /ædˈvɜr sɪ ti/
noun, plural adversities 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
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English adversite (< Anglo-French) < Latin adversitās. See adverse, -ity
Synonyms
1. catastrophe, disaster; trouble, misery. 2. See affliction.
Antonyms
1. prosperity.
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adversity

/ədˈvɜːsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -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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