English Synonyms and Antonyms
Misfortune is adverse fortune or any instance thereof, any untoward event, usually of lingering character or consequences, and such as the sufferer is not deemed directly responsible for; as, he had the misfortune to be born blind. Any considerable disappointment, failure, or misfortune, as regards outward circumstances, as loss of fortune, position, and the like, when long continued or attended with enduring consequences, constitutes adversity. For the loss of friends by death we commonly use affliction or bereavement. Calamity and disaster are used of sudden and severe misfortunes, often overwhelming; ill fortune and ill luck, of lighter troubles and failures. We speak of the misery of the poor, the hardships of the soldier. Affliction, chastening, trial, and tribulation have all an especially religious bearing, suggesting some disciplinary purpose of God with beneficent design. Affliction may be keen and bitter, but brief; tribulation is long and wearing. We speak of an affliction, but rarely of a tribulation, since tribulation is viewed as a continuous process, which may endure for years or for a lifetime; but we speak of our daily trials. Compare CATASTROPHE.
affliction, bereavement, blow, calamity, chastening, chastisement, disappointment, disaster, distress, failure, hardship, harm, ill, ill fortune, ill luck, misadventure, mischance, misery, misfortune, mishap, reverse, ruin, sorrow, stroke, trial, tribulation, trouble, visitation
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adversity, hardship, hard knocksnoun
a state of misfortune or affliction
"debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity"; "a life of hardship"
a stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event
"a period marked by adversities"
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In prosperity our friends know us in adversity we know our friends.
Woodstock remains committed to social change and will continue to be active in support of HeadCounts critical mission to get out the vote before the next election, we thank the artists, fans and partners who stood by us even in the face of adversity. My thoughts turn to Bethel and its celebration of our 50th Anniversary to reinforce the values of compassion, human dignity, and the beauty of our differences embraced by Woodstock.
We thrive off adversity, every single guy on this team, we've been in tough situations before and, you know, sometimes when you're put in tough situations, that is what brings out the best in you and that's what point we are at now.
A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry But were we burdened with like weight of pain, As much or more we should ourselves complain.
We become wiser by adversity prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
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- несполука, бедаBulgarian
- adversitatCatalan, Valencian
- Ungemach, WidrigkeitGerman
- αντιξοότητες, αντιξοότηταGreek
- adversité, malheurFrench
- ana-cothromScottish Gaelic
- tegenspoed, tegenval, ramp, tegenslagDutch
- бедствие, несчастье, беда, неприятностьRussian
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