Definitions for adversityædˈvɜr sɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ad•ver•si•ty*ædˈvɜr sɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties

  1. adverse fortune or fate; misfortune; calamity:

    in times of adversity.

  2. an adverse event or circumstance:

    to cope with life's many adversities.

* for 2 .. Syn: See misfortune.

Origin of adversity:

1200–50; (< AF) < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adversity, hardship, hard knocks(noun)

    a state of misfortune or affliction

    "debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity"; "a life of hardship"

  2. adversity(noun)

    a stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event

    "a period marked by adversities"


  1. adversity(Noun)

    The state of adverse conditions; state of misfortune or calamity.

  2. adversity(Noun)

    An event that is adverse; calamity.

  3. Origin: From adversité, from adversitatem, the accusative singular of adversitas, from adversus, the perfect passive participle of adverto.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adversity(noun)

    opposition; contrariety

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A bottomless lake, surrounded by near-sighted friends.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


misfortune or hardship.

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