• WordNet 3.6
    • n adversity a stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event "a period marked by adversities"
    • n adversity a state of misfortune or affliction "debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity","a life of hardship"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In an article in 1998, The Journal of the American Medical Association claimed that adverse drug reactions may cause more than 100,000 deaths a year in the US alone.
    • Adversity Opposition; contrariety. "Adversity is not without comforts and hopes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: According to the Journal of American Medical Association, as of 1998, more than 100,000 Americans die annually from adverse reactions to prescription drugs.
    • n adversity Adverse fortune or fate; a condition or state marked by misfortune, calamity, distress, or unhappiness.
    • n adversity An unfortunate event or circumstance; an ill chance; a misfortune or calamity: generally in the plural.
    • n adversity Synonyms Trouble, distress, misery, disaster, woe, ill luck.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to the National Safety Council, coffee is not successful at sobering up a drunk person, and in many cases it may actually increase the adverse effects of alcohol.
    • ns Adversity adverse circumstances: affliction: misfortune
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  • Henry Fielding
    “Without adversity a person hardly knows whether they are honest or not.”
  • Ruckett
    “A vulgar mind is proud in prosperity and humble in adversity. A noble mind is humble in prosperity and proud in adversity.”
  • Lactantius Firmianus
    Lactantius Firmianus
    “Memory moderates prosperity, decreases adversity, controls youth and delights old age.”
  • David Hare
    “Weak minds sink under prosperity as well as adversity; but strong and deep ones have two high tides.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. adversite, F. adversité, fr. L. adversitas,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. adversusad, to, and vertĕre, versum, to turn.


In literature:

She chose them as her lords when they were in adversity.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Prosperity and adversity revolve like a wheel.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
No other adversity is so sharp as destitution of merit.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8" by Ambrose Bierce
It adds infinitely to the strength, and consequently to the demands, of the adverse party.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Adversity only developed more fully the weak and ignoble character of Frederic.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
His verdict was adverse, and very unflattering.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
That you should have overlooked the opportunity of gaining the adverse Queen was to be expected.
"The Blue Book of Chess" by Howard Staunton and "Modern Authorities"
But these seemingly adverse facts have by no means the weight commonly supposed.
"Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects" by Herbert Spencer
Prosperity demands of us more prudence and moderation than adversity.
"Many Thoughts of Many Minds" by Various
For, if the Devil caused the sufferings, he was an adverse party to the prisoner.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
It was in the midst of adversity that she found the source of consolation.
"Clemence" by Retta Babcock
But no, defiance had no hand in that, simply adverse fate.
"The Argosy" by Various
Every man has a date with adversity which he must keep and which adversity does not forget.
"The Meaning of Faith" by Harry Emerson Fosdick
Even Edith, the queen, did not escape her share of the adversity of her house.
"Danes, Saxons and Normans" by John G. Edgar
Perhaps three-fourths of the entire number in Michael's company were thus branded for life with an adverse destiny.
"The Captain of the Janizaries" by James M. Ludlow
They are sometimes adversative; sometimes they are simply cumulative.
"The Greatest English Classic" by Cleland Boyd McAfee
He urged 1. that the permanent temper of the people was adverse to the very semblance of Monarchy.
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which Framed the Constitution of the United States" by James Madison
He never would believe that adversity was a thing to be suffered.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
I am only doing the best I can under most adverse circumstances.
"A Plucky Girl" by L. T. Meade
The ship had been steadily proceeded with, notwithstanding the adverse criticism of philosophers, and she was launched on July 19, 1837.
"The life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Civil Engineer" by Isambard Brunel

In poetry:

Poor homeless hearts, unpitied by mankind,
And fortunes shattered in the adverse blast,
Are signals that have marked the march of mind,
Through boasted civ'lization's glorious past.
"A Dream Of Glory" by Albery Allson Whitman
Then farewell to thee, lost One,I leave thee a sigh:
But others will claim to divide it with thee:
There are many beside, whom adversity's gale
Has ruthlessly driven far outward to sea.
"On Seeing A Butterfly Some Miles Out At Sea" by Caroline Fry
Forgive our perverseness, thy fierce anger calm,
Remove our adversity, Lord! and our shame,
Like Nineveh, give us all grace to repent,
And serve thee with pleasure, and perfect assent!
"Another, On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
And why indeed, should I repine?
The crown as well as cross is mine;
And if the crown I claim,
It must not be when comes the day
Which dealeth out adversity,
That I should shun the same.
"Lines, Addressed To H ———," by Samuel Bamford
When adverse Fortune bade us part,
And grief depress'd my aching heart,
Like yon reviving ray,
She from behind the cloud would move,
And with a stolen look of love
Would melt my cares away.
"Lines To An Auricula, Belonging To----" by Sir John Carr
'There comes a time! -- or soon, or late,
O' serious thought and sad debate;
Whan blighted hope and adverse fate
Owrespread their gloom,
And mirk despair, in waefu' state,
Foresees the doom!
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

Rated NEMA 4X, Appleton's ASR non-metallic interlocked receptacle is designed for use in adverse locations, such as damp or wet environments where a service outlet is required for electrical equipment.
Large tumour size, high mitosis count, non-gastric location, presence of rupture, and male sex were independent adverse prognostic factors.
Reframing is the ability to take aspects of a situation that you perceive to be adverse and search for ways to see them from a different angle.
Potatoes Refrigeration adversely affects their flavor, so store in the pantry in paper bags (plastic bags trap moisture and speed decay).
All drugs have adverse effects.
Republicans are increasingly confounded by Obama's political resiliency despite economic adversity.
I've just spent the past several years studying the dynamics of resilience as it relates to business—why some people and organizations emerge from adversity even stronger—while others simply crumble under the pressure.
What determines a company's bounce—its resilience in times of adversity.
Pregnant heifers can be reared on intensively grazed pastures with no adverse effects on growth or first-lactation milk production, say University of Maryland researchers.
Jeff Ruland doesn't shrink from adversity, and he'll get it at probation- saddled UDC.
WEST CHESTER — Salaried staff at AK Steel may be next to face cuts as the steelmaker continues to be adversely affected by the nationwide economic downturn.
Sarah Vaughan , at Carnegie, Shows Grace in Adversity.
Teens deal with adversity in 'Bluefish'.
Collins Knows Injury Adversity .
Acting Harlingen South Coach Talks About Leading Hawks Through Adversity .

In science:

It has been seen that the presence of viscosity in a spherically symmetric accreting system, adversely affects the effectiveness of gravitation in bringing about the infall of matter – at least for the transonic solution.
Viscosity in spherically symmetric accretion
The interesting point of this system is that the situation mentioned below is adverse to an existence of any uniform magnetic order.
Uniform Magnetic Order in a Ferromagnetic-Antiferromagnetic Random Alternating Quantum Spin Chain
The source-drain voltage V adversely affects the current and may result in undesirable artifacts, such as electro-migration, SET disruption, etc.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
In practice, detailed knowledge of the system dynamics might be unavailable, making it impossible to predict which values of ∆t might be adverse.
Dynamical control of qubit coherence: Random versus deterministic schemes
Interstrip isolation must guarantee a high inter-electrode resistance throughout the sensor lifetime, without adversely affecting the electrical performance of the device.
Silicon Sensors implemented on p-type substrates for high radiation resistance applications
The problem is that when design conditions favor too strongly the hydrophilicity of the surface monomers, these monomers can have an adverse effect on the overall composition of the sequence and then disrupt the favorable arrangement of contacts inside the globule.
Heteropolymer Sequence Design and Preferential Solvation of Hydrophilic Monomers: One More Application of Random Energy Model
The main motivation for considering a sample eigenvalue based scheme is the computational simplicity and the robustness to eigenvector modelling errors which are can adversely impact the performance of estimators that exploit information in the sample eigenvectors.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
It suffers from inefficient scaling with number of qubits and do es not detect adverse errorcompounding when gates are composed in long sequences.
Randomized Benchmarking of Quantum Gates
In Sec. 6.3 we shall demonstrate that these numerical results are adversely affected by a computational artefact.
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
What could (and should) be said at the eve of the RHIC era? No doubt the CERN SPS program, and the pioneers who had driven it, against an adverse tide of scientific and political difficulties, had made tremendous advances towards the ultimate goal — creating quark-gluon plasma in the laboratory.
From SPS to RHIC: Maurice and the CERN heavy-ion programme
Sun can be considered to be a point source without affecting the results too adversely, these results should be considered ‘idealized’ approximations at best.
A fresh look at some questions surrounding black holes
The 1.0 V pixels have been found to have significantly higher leakage currents than the 1.8 V pixels, which adversely affect their signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio.
A Sensor with Analog and Digital Pixels in 0.15 micron SOI Technology
It may still be the case that we are sub ject to systematic redshift errors, but we also note that a significantly narrower N (z ) would adversely affect the reasonably good agreement between our estimate of ng and the luminosity functions derived by Marchesini et al. (2007a).
A Confirmation of the Strong Clustering of Distant Red Galaxies at 2 < z <3
Both groups derived log g for this star spectroscopically, that is to say by forcing ionization balance; however, it is likely that the low signal-to-noise ratio and moderate resolution spectra of Preston & Sneden adversely affected their parameter derivations.
Carbon Abundances of Three Carbon-Enhanced Metal-Poor Stars from High-Resolution Gemini-S/bHROS Spectra of the 8727A [C I] Line
Capping the count variable has an adverse effect in terms of fewer detections.
Distributed Detection in Sensor Networks with Limited Range Multi-Modal Sensors