Definitions of adversity

  1. a state of misfortune or affliction; "debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity"; "a life of hardship" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event; "a period marked by adversities" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The reverse or opposite of prosperity; misery; distress or unhappiness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Adverse circumstances: affliction: misfortune. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Hardship or affliction; misfortune; poverty. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. An adverse state of things; calamity; misfortune. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for adversity

  1. Year after year, through adversity and prosperity they have followed their masters and obeyed their will. – Commercialized Prostitution in New York City by George Jackson Kneeland
  2. You believe then, archduke, that days of adversity are yet in store for us? – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach