reverse, bereavement, rigour, harm, ill, haplessness, disturbance, stroke, luck, asperity, untowardness, chastening, hard knocks, trials and tribulations, disappointment, unfortunateness, failure, rigourousness, nuisance, blow, ruin, chastisement, baggage, ill fortune, unluckiness, mischance, rigor, ill luck, problem, knock, visitation, grimness, severeness, issue, sorrow, rigorousness
adversity (part of speech: noun)
dolor, agony, hard times, contretemps, curse, tragedy, peril, misfortune, trial, affliction, woe, bane, catastrophe, torment, burden, tribulation, calamity, hardship, poverty, bad luck, infliction, blight, ordeal, destitution, trouble, distress, grief, difficulty, rainy day, disaster, mishap, casualty, misadventure, poorness, misery, hard luck
difficulty (part of speech: noun)
fussiness, toughness, complexity, knottiness, harshness, ticklishness, formidability, complication, stressfulness, arduousness, severity, onerousness, roughness, cantankerousness, wearying, trickiness, strenuousness, wearisomeness, oppressiveness, cumbersomeness, contrariness, tightness, hardness
- Whatever may be my feelings, adversity shall not make me false to the colours I have carried; besides, gentlemen, if I escaped the anger of the Convention myself, I have a wife in Paris, whose life would be made to satisfy it; under such circumstances, I presume you would not counsel me to become a royalist." - "La Vendée An Historical Romance", Anthony Trollope.
- I smiled at his interjections, saying, " I suppose you are too much of a gentleman to own your friend in adversity." - "The Adventures of Roderick Random", Tobias Smollett.
- Your imperial highness knows full well that my heart will never turn from you; that I love and revere you; that you are to me the embodiment of all that is noble, great, and beautiful; that I would be joyfully ready at any hour to suffer death for you; and that neither prosperity nor adversity could induce me to forsake you. - "Andreas Hofer", Lousia Muhlbach.