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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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  • He learns to welcome misfortune, learns that adversity is the prosperity of the great.
  • That dropped her to sixth place, but Clark is accustomed to rallying from deficits, not to mention coping with adversity.
  • Other protagonists also encounter tongue-in-cheek adversity.
  • He stressed the importance of remaining steadfast in the face of adversity.
  • We as a daring hardend warrior people, with our sharp reflexes, and strong wills can over come any adversity.
  • Hope is our only comfort in adversity.
  • Leadership often entails an ability to overcome adversity.
  • But adversity—and technology—have made her a better teacher, she says.
  • Too many cry in the face of adversity.
  • Anyone can fall into the debt trap when hit by unexpected adversity: chronic health trouble, a death in the family, a downsizing.
British Dictionary definitions for adversity


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

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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