Etymology
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hardship (n.)

c. 1200, "quality of being hard" (obsolete), from hard (adj.) + -ship. Meaning "disadvantage, suffering, privation" is c. 1400.

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Definitions of hardship

hardship (n.)
a state of misfortune or affliction;
a life of hardship
Synonyms: adversity / hard knocks
hardship (n.)
something hard to endure;
Synonyms: asperity / grimness / rigor / rigour / severity / severeness / rigorousness / rigourousness
hardship (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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