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1. (n) a state of misfortune or affliction; "debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity" "a life of hardship"
2. (n) something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern winters"
3. (n) something that causes or entails suffering; "I cannot think it a hardship that more indulgence is allowed to men than to women"- James Boswell; "the many hardships of frontier life"
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