An example of adversity is poverty.
- a state of wretchedness or misfortune; poverty and trouble
- pl. -·ties an instance of misfortune; calamity
Origin of adversityMiddle English from Old French adversité, aversite from Classical Latin adversitas from adversus, adverse
- A state of hardship or affliction; misfortune.
- A calamitous event.
(usually uncountable, plural adversities)
From Old French adversité, from Latin adversitātem, the accusative singular of adversitās, from adversus, the perfect passive participle of advertō (“ I turn toward”).