Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A state of hardship or affliction; misfortune.
  • n. A calamitous event.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of adverse conditions; state of misfortune or calamity.
  • n. An event that is adverse; calamity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Opposition; contrariety.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Adverse fortune or fate; a condition or state marked by misfortune, calamity, distress, or unhappiness.
  • n. An unfortunate event or circumstance; an ill chance; a misfortune or calamity: generally in the plural.
  • n. Synonyms Trouble, distress, misery, disaster, woe, ill luck.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state of misfortune or affliction
  • n. a stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event

Etymologies

From Old French adversité, from Latin adversitātem, the accusative singular of adversitās, from adversus, the perfect passive participle of advertō (" I turn toward"). (Wiktionary)

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