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A difficult or unpleasant situation.‘resilience in the face of adversity’count noun ‘she overcame many adversities’
misfortune, ill luck, bad luck, trouble, difficulty, hardship, distress, disaster, misadventure, suffering, affliction, sorrow, misery, heartbreak, heartache, wretchedness, tribulation, woe, pain, trauma, torment, tortureView synonyms
- ‘Here are real stories of courage against adversity which reveal rich personalities who have much to offer.’
- ‘The real issue is that suffering is part of life, as are loss and adversity.’
- ‘If we abandon our ideals in the face of adversity and aggression, then those ideals were never really in our possession.’
- ‘The team has suffered through some adversity, but they seem to be the better for it.’
- ‘He is a man who has had to face up to adversity and he has done so with determination and dignity.’
- ‘Her brilliance at the keyboard is an inspirational example of how talent can overcome adversity.’
- ‘Nominees can be able bodied or disabled sportsmen and women and may well have triumphed over adversity.’
- ‘Perhaps the tourist sector could turn adversity into advantage by launching official flood tours of York.’
- ‘These would offer hope and understanding at a time when there's so much suffering and adversity in the world.’
- ‘They share a friendship forged through adversity.’
- ‘The history of man, which is peppered with triumph over adversity, has been a long and difficult one.’
- ‘The book was well received and is a moving account of a man's struggle against adversity.’
- ‘In both, the aim is to overcome adversity, and those who are most successful are those who have done that best.’
- ‘The next 12 months will be crucial in establishing whether he can cope with adversity.’
- ‘He has overcome massive adversity throughout the last three-and-a-half years.’
- ‘Something about these teams seems to draw them together in adversity.’
- ‘What they all share is a triumph of the human spirit in adversity.’
- ‘They want a better life, and they're prepared to face adversity to get it.’
- ‘They showed that they can stare adversity in the face and still come out on top.’
- ‘He symbolises great tolerance, and dogged persistence in the face of adversity.’
Middle English: from Old French adversite, from Latin adversitas, from advertere ‘turn towards’.
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