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 Dictionary entry overview: What does adversity mean? 

  The noun ADVERSITY has 2 senses:

1. a state of misfortune or affliction
2. a stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event

  Familiarity information: ADVERSITY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1adversity [BACK TO TOP]


A state of misfortune or affliction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


adversity; hard knocks; hardship

Context examples:

debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity / a life of hardship

Hypernyms ("adversity" is a kind of...):

bad luck; ill luck; misfortune; tough luck (an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "adversity"):

ill-being (lack of prosperity or happiness or health)

catastrophe; disaster (a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune)

extremity (an extreme condition or state (especially of adversity or disease))

distress (a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need))

affliction (a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity)

victimization (adversity resulting from being made a victim)

low-water mark; nadir (an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything)

Sense 2adversity [BACK TO TOP]


A stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

a period marked by adversities

Hypernyms ("adversity" is a kind of...):

bad luck; misfortune (unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event)

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