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[ad-vur-si-tee] /ædˈvɜr sɪ ti/
noun, plural adversities 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
1. catastrophe, disaster; trouble, misery. 2. See affliction.
1. prosperity. Unabridged
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  • As all of us know personally, it's even more important when you're facing huge adversities.
  • We have gained each other's trust throughout this three-year project and have overcome many similar adversities.
  • In the relation of these adversities, and in her letters, the natural cheerfulness of her temper is remarkable.
  • We imagine, she writes, that our heroes have transcended the adversities of the human condition.
  • We have a compulsion to plan our lives, to take into account all possible adversities and to guard against them.
  • These adversities call also for local efforts at rectification in the poor countries themselves.
  • Having money clearly takes the sting out of adversities.
  • Second, it suggests that the candidate will be able to empathize with voters and the adversities they face.
  • It's not without adversities, challenges and danger.
  • Leslie will be remembered for the strength and courage she showed in the face of many adversities.
British Dictionary definitions for adversities


noun (pl) -ties
distress; affliction; hardship
an unfortunate event or incident
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Word Origin and History for adversities



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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