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hardship

[hahrd-ship] /ˈhɑrd ʃɪp/
noun
1.
a condition that is difficult to endure; suffering; deprivation; oppression:
a life of hardship.
2.
an instance or cause of this; something hard to bear, as a deprivation, lack of comfort, or constant toil or danger:
They faced bravely the many hardships of frontier life.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; see hard, -ship
Synonyms
1. trouble, affliction, suffering, misfortune. Hardship, privation, austerity refer to a condition hard to endure. Hardship applies to a circumstance in which excessive and painful effort of some kind is required, as enduring acute discomfort from cold, or battling over rough terrain. Privation has particular reference to lack of food, clothing, and other necessities or comforts. Austerity not only includes the ideas of privation and hardship but also implies deliberate control of emotional reactions to these.
Antonyms
1. ease.
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British Dictionary definitions for hard-ship

hardship

/ˈhɑːdʃɪp/
noun
1.
conditions of life difficult to endure
2.
something that causes suffering or privation
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Word Origin and History for hard-ship

hardship

n.

c.1200, "quality of being hard," from hard + -ship. Meaning "disadvantage, suffering, privation" is c.1400.

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