adversity

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 adversity — ► NOUN (pl. adversities) ▪ difficulty; misfortune …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

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

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 adversity — [[t]ædvɜ͟ː(r)sɪti[/t]] adversities N VAR: oft in/of N Adversity is a very difficult or unfavourable situation. He showed courage in adversity. Syn: misfortune …

    English dictionary

  • 13 adversity — /ad verr si tee/, n., pl. adversities for 2. 1. adverse fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress: A friend will show his or her true colors in times of adversity. 2. an adverse or unfortunate event or circumstance …

    Universalium

  • 14 adversity — ad|ver|si|ty [ədˈvə:sıti US ə:r ] n [U] a situation in which you have a lot of problems that seem to be caused by bad luck ▪ his courage in the face of adversity …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 adversity — ad|ver|si|ty [ æd vɜrsəti ] noun count or uncount a difficult period in your life in which you have many problems: We struggled on in the face of adversity …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 adversity — noun (U) a situation in which you have a lot of problems that seem to be caused by bad luck: to keep the family together in times of adversity …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 adversity — noun the studio made sure the public saw only the manufactured glamour and none of the real adversity of her private life Syn: misfortune, ill luck, bad luck, trouble, difficulty, hardship, distress, disaster, suffering, affliction, sorrow,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 adversity — UK [ədˈvɜː(r)sətɪ] / US [ædˈvɜrsətɪ] noun [uncountable] a difficult period in your life in which you have many problems We struggled on in the face of adversity …

    English dictionary

  • 19 adversity — ad•ver•si•ty [[t]ædˈvɜr sɪ ti[/t]] n. pl. ties 1) adverse fortune or fate; misfortune; calamity: in times of adversity[/ex] 2) an adverse event or circumstance: to cope with life s many adversities[/ex] • Etymology: 1200–50; (< AF) < L syn …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 adversity — /ədˈvɜsəti/ (say uhd versuhtee) noun (plural adversities) 1. adverse fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress: *his short season of adversity had rubbed all the little crudities off his character –miles franklin,… …

    Australian English dictionary