Definition of Adversity

1. Noun. A state of misfortune or affliction. "A life of hardship"


2. Noun. A stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event. "A period marked by adversities"
Generic synonyms: Bad Luck, Misfortune
Derivative terms: Adverse

Definition of Adversity

1. n. Opposition; contrariety.

Definition of Adversity

1. Noun. The state of adverse conditions; state of misfortune or calamity. ¹

2. Noun. An event that is adverse; calamity. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Adversity

1. [n -TIES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Adversity

adverse reaction
adverse selection
adverse witness
adverse witnesses
adversely
adversely possess
adversely possesses
adverseness
adversenesses
adverser
adversest
adversifoliate
adversifolious
adversion
adversities
adversity (current term)
adversive movement
advertainment
advertainments
advertecture
adverted
advertence
advertences
advertencies
advertency
advertent
advertently
advertese

Literary usage of Adversity

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly ana venomous, Wears yet я precious jewel in its head. As You Like It, Act ii., Sc. I. Carlyle ..."

2. The Works of Francis Bacon by John Thomas Scharf, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Francis Bacon, James Spedding, Robert Leslie Ellis, Douglas Denon Heath, William Rawley (1878)
"V. OF adversity. IT was a high speech of Seneca (after the manner of the Stoics), that the good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished; ..."

3. Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages: Classified Subjectively and by Robert Christy (1887)
"adversity has no friends. Tacitus. 4. adversity is easier borne than ... adversity is the parent of virtue. Plutarch. 7. adversity is the true scale to ..."

4. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1891)
"Is it in prosperity or adversity that we most 1 in prosperity need friends ? ... In adversity, it may be answered, the need is more pressing; ..."

5. The Works of Francis Bacon by Francis Bacon (1824)
"V. OF adversity; IT was a high speech of Seneca, after the manner of the Stoics, that the good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished, ..."

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