Merriam-Webster Word of the Day: Adversity

The Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is adversity. Read on for what it means, how it’s used, and more.

What It Means

Adversity is “a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune.”

// The movie is about a group of determined mountain climbers who triumph in the face of adversity.

ADVERSITY in Context

“ABC7 News Anchor Reggie Aqui spoke with Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider about how her life has changed since her historic run on the show. Schneider discussed how she has been able to overcome adversity being a trans woman in the spotlight.” — ABC News, 2 Mar. 2022

Did You Know?

Adversity comes from Middle English adversite, meaning “opposition, hostility, misfortune, or hardship,” which itself is from Latin adversus, the source of adverse, which means “bad or unfavorable,” as in “adverse criticism” or “an adverse reaction to the medication.”

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