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Meaning of hardship

hard•ship

Pronunciation: (härd'ship), [key]
— n.
  1. a condition that is difficult to endure; suffering; deprivation; oppression: a life of hardship.
  2. an instance or cause of this; something hard to bear, as a deprivation, lack of comfort, or constant toil or danger: They faced bravely the many hardships of frontier life.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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