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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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  • We manipulate our memories to brace for future hardships.
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  • Our planet has faced more hardships in the past couple decades than it has in centuries.
  • Everyone has hardships in getting to where they are.
  • These objects were made as a testament to the hardships of the camps.
  • The eagle family has weathered its share of hardships in the last month.
  • In accounting for himself, he told only of private hardships, and of how he had pedalled away from them as fast as he could.
  • Both would have known the hardships of mining towns, of the high desert, and of an insecure life.
  • He blamed the additional tax for financial hardships which led to foreclosure proceedings against his farm.
British Dictionary definitions for hardships

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 hardships

hardship

n.

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

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