Definition of hardship in US English:

hardship

noun

  • Severe suffering or privation.

    ‘intolerable levels of hardship’
    ‘the shared hardships of wartime’
    • ‘The other will endure hardship and much suffering and must learn a valuable lesson.’
    • ‘Only in this way can he lead the people of Keembe to defeat endemic poverty and hardship.’
    • ‘Both men are currently off sick with stress and also suffering financial hardship.’
    • ‘If this guy stays there will be some kind of suffering and if he goes, that hardship will be twofold.’
    • ‘In Scotland and beyond football is suffering financial hardship at the moment.’
    • ‘They have suffered unimaginable hardship and danger in a bid to find a safe haven.’
    • ‘For a man who has suffered genuine hardship, our reaction over the past week must seem almost obscene.’
    • ‘All that pain and hardship, and still the college rowing team lost every single race for the rest of the year.’
    • ‘In some parts of the world, corruption and poverty condemn untold millions to a life of misery and hardship.’
    • ‘Even as a child, he walked barefoot on the path full of thorns of hardship and austerity.’
    • ‘A jail term would ruin his job prospects and be of hardship to his mother and grandmother.’
    • ‘Life was often difficult for the Kite family and they suffered many setbacks and hardships.’
    • ‘During one of these periods of hardship the estate was purchased by the Du Boulay family.’
    • ‘The story of the boat and its inhabitants is one of extreme hardship and complicit exploitation.’
    • ‘It cannot be confined to those who suffered financial hardship due to lack of income.’
    • ‘Gandhi on the other hand was aware of the difficulties, hardships, and suffering that was to come.’
    • ‘It redirects funds made through business into combating poverty and hardship for children.’
    • ‘No, but the union can support its members if they suffer financial hardship.’
    • ‘Also new was the fact that the poor could work hard and continuously yet still suffer hardship.’
    privation, deprivation, destitution, poverty, austerity, penury, want, need, neediness, beggary, impecuniousness, impecuniosity, financial distress
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Pronunciation

hardship

/ˈhɑrdˌʃɪp//ˈhärdˌSHip/