noun (plural -ties) Date: 13th century a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty or adverse fortune Synonyms: see misfortune

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  • Adversity — Ad*ver si*ty, n.; pl. {Adversities}. [OE. adversite, F. adversit[ e], fr. L. adversitas.] 1. Opposition; contrariety. [Obs.] Wyclif. [1913 Webster] Adversity is not without comforts and hopes. Bacon. [1913 Webster] Syn: Affliction; distress;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adversity — (n.) c.1200, aduersite misfortune, hardship, difficulty, from O.Fr. aversité adversity, calamity, misfortune; hostility, wickedness, malice (Mod.Fr. adversité), from L. adversitatem (nom. adversitas) opposition, from adversus (see ADVERSE (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • adversity — I noun adverse circumstances, adverse fortune, affliction, bale, calamitas, calamity, catastrophe, contretemps, difficulty, disaster, distress, hardship, injuriousness, injury, misadventure, mischance, miseria, misfortune, mishap, oppression,… …   Law dictionary

  • adversity — *misfortune, mischance, mishap Analogous words: *trial, tribulation, affliction: *distress, misery, suffering: *poverty, privation, indigence, destitution Antonyms: prosperity Contrasted words: felicity, *h …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • adversity — [n] bad luck, situation affliction, bad break*, bummer*, calamity, can of worms*, catastrophe, clutch, contretemps, crunch*, difficulty, disaster, distress, downer*, drag*, evil eye*, hard knocks*, hardship, hard times, hurting, ill fortune, jam …   New thesaurus

  • adversity — ► NOUN (pl. adversities) ▪ difficulty; misfortune …   English terms dictionary

  • adversity — [ad vʉr′sə tē, ədvʉr′sə tē] n. [ME < OFr adversité, aversite < L adversitas < adversus, ADVERSE] 1. a state of wretchedness or misfortune; poverty and trouble 2. pl. adversities an instance of misfortune; calamity …   English World dictionary

  • adversity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Ill fortune Nouns 1. (difficulty) adversity, affliction; bad, ill, adverse, or hard luck or fortune, Weltschmerz; evil lot; force majeur, frowns of fortune; evil star or genius; ups and downs of life,… …   English dictionary for students

  • adversity — noun VERB + ADVERSITY ▪ be faced with, meet with ▪ When faced with adversity she was never tempted to give up. ▪ overcome, triumph over PREPOSITION ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • Adversity — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Adversity >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 adversity adversity evil &c. 619 Sgm: N 1 failure failure &c. 732 Sgm: N 1 bad luck bad luck ill luck evil luck adverse luck hard fortune …   English dictionary for students

  • adversity — n. to face; overcome adversity * * * [əd vɜːsɪtɪ] overcome adversity to face …   Combinatory dictionary

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