hardship (n.)

  1. a state of misfortune or affliction; debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity; a life of hardship

    [ Syn: adversity , hard knocks ]

  2. something hard to endure; the asperity of northern winters

    [ Syn: asperity , grimness , rigor , rigour , severity , severeness , rigorousness , rigourousness ]

  3. something that causes or entails suffering; I cannot think it a hardship that more indulgence is allowed to men than to women- James Boswell; the many hardships of frontier life'

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