What does adversity mean?

Definitions for adversityædˈvɜr sɪ ti

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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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adversity in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adversity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tidjane Thiam:

    We will need a strong balance sheet that allows us to withstand adversity, while continuing to invest in the future.

  2. Ruckett:

    A vulgar mind is proud in prosperity and humble in adversity. A noble mind is humble in prosperity and proud in adversity.

  3. Thomas Carlyle:

    Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.

  4. Mayor James Knowles:

    We continue to go through that report and talk about where the breakdown was, the city of Ferguson looks to become an example of how a community can move forward in the face of adversity.

  5. Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    These camps keep our memories alive, despite all the adversity out there, there are unfortunately incidents again and again such as the theft of the Dachau gate last year that are disturbing.

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