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Definition an unfortunate state or event
  • families struggling with adversity
  • a period marked by adversities
  • True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity...
    George Washington
  • Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
    Abraham Lincoln
  • Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.
  • Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
  • If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
    Anne Bradstreet
  • In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.
    John Churton Collins
  • A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • adversity = hardship (an unfortunate state)
  • I am accustomed to adversity.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • His hour is one of darkness, and adversity, and peril.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  From Twice Told Tales
  • There was one man there who had fallen on adversity, and to him she had given board and lodging for several months.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • ...her courage rose to support her in her adversity.
    Shelley, Mary  --  Frankenstein
  • Be more prompt to go to a friend in adversity than in prosperity.
  • Adversity does teach who your real friends are.
    Lois McMaster Bujold  --  A Civil Campaign
  • Had the hour of adversity come?
    Verne, Jules  --  Around The World In Eighty Days
  • Sharers of Wilfred's dangers and adversity, they remained, as they had a right to expect, the partakers of his more prosperous career.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • But Mom acted like her normal self—nonchalant in the face of adversity.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • It is from the Bible, too—the Tenth Psalm: 'He hath said in his heart, I shall not he moved, for I shall never be in adversity.'
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy

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