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Noun: adversity  ad'vur-si-tee [N. Amer], ud'vur-si-tee [Brit]
  1. A state of misfortune or affliction
    "debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity";
    - hardship, hard knocks
  2. A stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event
    "a period marked by adversities"

Derived forms: adversities

Type of: bad luck, ill luck, misfortune, tough luck

Encyclopedia: Adversity