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adversity

ad·ver·si·ty

adversity

 
 
pronunciation:
d vr sih ti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: adversities
definition: a condition of trouble or difficulty.
Times were bad, and the town was filled with adversity.She lost her home in the flood but faced this adversity with courage.
synonyms:
hardship, misery, misfortune, trouble
antonyms:
ease, prosperity
similar words:
affliction, cross, suffering, trial, woe
Word Parts
The word adversity contains the following parts:
ad- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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Originally a Latin preposition and prefix, ad- occurs in English in Latin loanwords. It has multiple forms, as the final 'd' sound in ad- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms: ac-, af-, ag-1, al-, an-, ap-, ar-, as-, and at-.