hardship

  • 1 hardship — UK US /ˈhɑːdʃɪp/ noun [C or U] ► a condition that causes difficulty or suffering, for example, being without a job or enough money: financial/economic hardship »The price of cooking gas increased five fold, worsening the economic hardship.… …

    Financial and business terms

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

    Law dictionary

  • 3 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

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 hardship — ► NOUN ▪ severe suffering or privation …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 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

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

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 hardship — /hahrd ship/, n. 1. a condition that is difficult to endure; suffering; deprivation; oppression: a life of hardship. 2. an instance or cause of this; something hard to bear, as a deprivation, lack of comfort, or constant toil or danger: They… …

    Universalium

  • 13 hardship — hard|ship [ hard,ʃıp ] noun count or uncount a situation in which life is very difficult, usually because you do not have enough money: Even slight rent increases would cause considerable hardship. Many students are facing financial hardship. a.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 hardship — hard|ship [ˈha:dʃıp US ˈha:rd ] n [U and C] something that makes your life difficult or unpleasant, especially a lack of money, or the condition of having a difficult life ▪ an economic policy that caused great hardship for many people ▪ Many… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 hardship — [[t]hɑ͟ː(r)dʃɪp[/t]] hardships N VAR Hardship is a situation in which your life is difficult or unpleasant, often because you do not have enough money. Many people are suffering economic hardship... One of the worst hardships is having so little… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 hardship — noun (countable or uncountable) Difficulty or trouble; hard times. He has survived periods of financial hardship before …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 hardship — noun (C, U) the condition of having very little money so that life is very difficult: a time of great economic hardship …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 hardship — noun by age six, she was a refugee and no stranger to hardship Syn: privation, deprivation, destitution, poverty, austerity, penury, want, need, neediness, impecuniousness; misfortune, distress, suffering, affliction, trouble, pain, misery,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 hardship — [ˈhɑːdʃɪp] noun [C/U] the state of having a difficult life, or something that makes life very difficult financial hardship[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 hardship — /ˈhadʃɪp / (say hahdship) noun 1. a condition that bears hard upon one; severe toil, trial, oppression, or need. 2. an instance of this; something hard to bear. –phrase 3. impose hardship on (or upon), to cause to suffer privations …

    Australian English dictionary