Part of speech: noun

Hardship or affliction; misfortune; poverty.

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Usage examples "adversity":

  1. Has the solemn hand of Destiny set that shadowy brand upon the face of this child, that even in her prosperity, as in her adversity, she should be so utterly different from all other children? - "John Marchmont's Legacy, Volume I (of 3)", Mary E. Braddon.
  2. It had not been given to him to preserve an even mind when adversity came upon him. - "The Bertrams", Anthony Trollope.
  3. " All is not lost yet," said L'Estrange; " far from it; but even if the worst should come, I do not know of two people in the world who will show a stouter front to adversity." - "The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly", Charles James Lever.