noun Date: 13th century 1. privation, suffering 2. something that causes or entails suffering or privation

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  • hardship — I noun adversity, affliction, misfortune, suffering, travail II index adversity, burden, calamity, casualty, catastrophe, damage …   Law dictionary

  • Hardship — Hard ship (h[aum]rd sh[i^]p), n. That which is hard to bear, as toil, privation, injury, injustice, etc. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hardship — (n.) c.1200, quality of being hard, from HARD (Cf. hard) + SHIP (Cf. ship). Meaning disadvantage, suffering, privation is c.1400 …   Etymology dictionary

  • hardship — rigor, vicissitude, *difficulty Analogous words: adversity, *misfortune, mischance: peril, *danger, jeopardy, hazard: *trial, tribulation, affliction: toil, travail, drudgery (see WORK) Contrasted words: ease, comfort (see REST) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hardship — [n] personal burden accident, adversity, affliction, asperity, austerity, calamity, case, catastrophe, curse, danger, destitution, difficulty, disaster, discomfort, distress, drudgery, fatigue, grief, grievance, hard knocks*, hazard, Herculean… …   New thesaurus

  • hardship — ► NOUN ▪ severe suffering or privation …   English terms dictionary

  • hardship — [härd′ship΄] n. [ME heardschipe: see HARD & SHIP] 1. hard circumstances of life 2. a thing hard to bear; specific cause of discomfort or suffering, as poverty, pain, etc. SYN. DIFFICULTY …   English World dictionary

  • hardship — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ appalling (BrE), considerable, extreme, genuine (esp. BrE), great, real, severe ▪ undue, unnecessary (esp. BrE …   Collocations dictionary

  • hardship — n. 1) to bear, suffer, undergo hardship 2) to overcome a hardship 3) a hardship to + inf. (it was a real hardship for her to get to work on time) * * * [ hɑːdʃɪp] suffer undergo hardship to . overcome a hardship to bear a hardship to + inf. (it… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hardship — UK [ˈhɑː(r)dʃɪp] / US [ˈhɑrdˌʃɪp] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms hardship : singular hardship plural hardships a) a situation in which life is very difficult, usually because you do not have enough money Even slight rent increases would… …   English dictionary

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