AskDefine | Define hardship

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1 a state of misfortune or affliction; "debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity"; "a life of hardship" [syn: adversity, hard knocks]
2 something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern winters" [syn: asperity, grimness, rigor, rigour, severity, rigorousness]
3 something that causes or entails suffering; "I cannot think it a hardship that more indulgence is allowed to men than to women"- James Boswell; "the many hardships of frontier life"

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  1. (countable or uncountable) Difficulty or trouble; hard times.
    He has survived periods of financial hardship before.


difficulty or trouble

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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