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. Anonymous:

    By courage I repel adversity.

  2. George Gordon Byron:

    Adversity is the first path to truth.

  3. Romanian Proverb:

    Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.

  4. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Adversity is the evil twin of reward.

  5. John Ray:

    Adversity makes men wise but not rich.

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