Definition of hardship in English:



  • Severe suffering or privation.

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