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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-vur-si-tee]
    • /ædˈvɜr sɪ ti/
    • /ədˈvɜː.sə.ti/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-vur-si-tee]
    • /ædˈvɜr sɪ ti/

Definitions of adversities word

  • noun plural adversities adverse or unfavorable fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress: Friends will show their true colors in times of adversity. 1
  • noun plural adversities an adverse or unfortunate event or circumstance: You will meet many adversities in life. 1
  • noun adversities Plural form of adversity. 1
  • noun adversities plural of adversity. 0

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Origin of adversities

First appearance:

before 1200
One of the 9% oldest English words
1200-50; Middle English adversite (< Anglo-French) < Latin adversitās. See adverse, -ity

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Parts of speech for Adversities


adversities popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for adversities

noun adversities

  • difficulties — the fact or condition of being difficult.
  • misfortunes — adverse fortune; bad luck.
  • calamities — a great misfortune or disaster, as a flood or serious injury.
  • contretemps — A contretemps is a small disagreement that is rather embarrassing.
  • jams — a preserve of whole fruit, slightly crushed, boiled with sugar: strawberry jam.

Antonyms for adversities

noun adversities

  • privileges — a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most: the privileges of the very rich.
  • advantages — A condition or circumstance that puts one in a favorable or superior position.
  • benefits — The benefits of a life or medical insurance policy are the money that it pays out.
  • pleasures — the state or feeling of being pleased.
  • successes — the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.

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