Adversity



or unfavorable fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress:
Friends will show their true colors in times of adversity.
an adverse or unfortunate event or circumstance:
You will meet many adversities in life.
Contemporary Examples

No matter what adversity or fear we may confront, we are always inherently free to choose how to be.
How One Lawsuit Shows What’s Wrong With America James Poulos October 19, 2014

She has inspired us all with her courage in the face of adversity and her strength for never giving up.
Gabby Giffords and the Problem with ‘Inspiration Porn’ Elizabeth Heideman September 23, 2014

How she triumphed over the adversity in her life is what makes her such a powerful role model for generations of women.
Eleanor Roosevelt: Feminist Icon Eleanor Clift September 1, 2014

I want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty.
Bill Clinton’s Speech: Read the Full Text Here The Daily Beast September 5, 2012

Facing breathtaking layers of adversity—from inside the administration as well as from more obvious foes, he just kept on moving.
My Husband—Richard Holbrooke Kati Marton January 16, 2011

Historical Examples

He was now nearly sixty, wearied by adversity, and a sufferer from gout and obesity.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 1 Various

That part of your friend which it is your privilege to contemplate in your adversity.
The Devil’s Dictionary Ambrose Bierce

For those friends have the name, not the reality, who are not friends in adversity.
The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I. Euripides

To fight it out, shoulder to shoulder with my brethren in adversity.
The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance

It is a scrawny desert tree which lives in adversity but holds its ground for centuries, if fire does not cut its career short.
American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson

noun (pl) -ties
distress; affliction; hardship
an unfortunate event or incident
n.

c.1200, aduersite “misfortune, hardship, difficulty,” from Old French aversité “adversity, calamity, misfortune; hostility, wickedness, malice” (Modern French adversité), from Latin adversitatem (nominative adversitas) “opposition,” from adversus (see adverse).

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