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hard·ship

hardship

 
pronunciation:
hard shIp
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a condition of great want, suffering, or difficulty.
It was a poor country, and the people faced great hardship.
synonyms:
poverty, suffering, want
similar words:
adversity, distress
definition 2: a particular instance or cause of such a condition.
The fire was a hardship that cost them their home.
synonyms:
misfortune, ordeal, trial
similar words:
burden, mishap, setback, sorrow, tragedy