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Noun: hardship  'haa(r)d,ship
  1. A state of misfortune or affliction
    "a life of hardship";
    - adversity, hard knocks
     
  2. The quality of being hard to endure, uninviting or formidable
    "the hardship of northern winters";
    - asperity, grimness, rigor [US], rigour [Brit, Cdn], severity, severeness, rigorousness, rigourousness [Brit, non-standard]
     
  3. Something that causes or entails suffering
    "I cannot think it a hardship that more indulgence is allowed to men than to women"; "the many hardships of frontier life"

Derived forms: hardships

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

Encyclopedia: Hardship