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adversity (noun) a difficult or unpleasant time.
When a person has a difficult time, because of shortage of money when money is needed, or faces very unfortunate circumstances, causing a lot of misery, the person experiences adversity. 'Adversity' is to be in needy circumstances, every thing turning against us - very unfavorable times, misfortunes.
- Adversity tests a person's character, because under pressure of adversity, a person may be tempted or forced to do wrong things, which if they resist, they are great.
- Adversity troubled him for almost a decade, leaving him totally depressed, and when finally fortune smiled on him, he felt boundless joy.