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Post by Archived Topic » Fri Jan 29, 1999 12:00 am

I would like to know the word origin, original meaning, etc for the word Adversity
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adversity

Post by Jonathon Green » Tue Feb 02, 1999 8:00 am

The Latin 'adversitatem', opposition, contrariety. The ultimate root is ad-, to and vertere, to turn. As 'the state or condition of being contrary or opposed' its first uses is in Wyclif's Bible opf 1382. As 'the condition of adverse fortune; a state opposed to well-being or prosperity; misfortune, distress, trial, or affliction' (i.e. today's usual use) it dates to c.1230.
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