Definition of hardship in English:

hardship

noun

mass noun
  • Severe suffering or privation.

    ‘intolerable levels of hardship’
    count noun ‘the shared hardships of wartime’
    • ‘For a man who has suffered genuine hardship, our reaction over the past week must seem almost obscene.’
    • ‘In Scotland and beyond football is suffering financial hardship at the moment.’
    • ‘Both men are currently off sick with stress and also suffering financial hardship.’
    • ‘No, but the union can support its members if they suffer financial hardship.’
    • ‘Also new was the fact that the poor could work hard and continuously yet still suffer hardship.’
    • ‘The other will endure hardship and much suffering and must learn a valuable lesson.’
    • ‘They have suffered unimaginable hardship and danger in a bid to find a safe haven.’
    • ‘In some parts of the world, corruption and poverty condemn untold millions to a life of misery and hardship.’
    • ‘It redirects funds made through business into combating poverty and hardship for children.’
    • ‘All that pain and hardship, and still the college rowing team lost every single race for the rest of the year.’
    • ‘It cannot be confined to those who suffered financial hardship due to lack of income.’
    • ‘Gandhi on the other hand was aware of the difficulties, hardships, and suffering that was to come.’
    • ‘If this guy stays there will be some kind of suffering and if he goes, that hardship will be twofold.’
    • ‘Even as a child, he walked barefoot on the path full of thorns of hardship and austerity.’
    • ‘Only in this way can he lead the people of Keembe to defeat endemic poverty and hardship.’
    • ‘The story of the boat and its inhabitants is one of extreme hardship and complicit exploitation.’
    • ‘A jail term would ruin his job prospects and be of hardship to his mother and grandmother.’
    • ‘Life was often difficult for the Kite family and they suffered many setbacks and hardships.’
    • ‘During one of these periods of hardship the estate was purchased by the Du Boulay family.’
    privation, deprivation, destitution, poverty, austerity, penury, want, need, neediness, beggary, impecuniousness, impecuniosity, financial distress
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Pronunciation

hardship

/ˈhɑːdʃɪp/