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affliction, bad luck, calamity, catastrophe, deep water, disaster, distress, hardship, hard times, ill-fortune, ill-luck, misery, misfortune, mishap, reverse, sorrow, suffering, trial, trouble, woe, wretchedness  
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  ( adversities    plural  ) Adversity is a very difficult or unfavourable situation.      n-var   oft in/of N   (=misfortune)  
He showed courage in adversity.     

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advert, advertise, adversary, adverse

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a person who is optimistic regardless of the circumstances and especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity
From the name of the tutor and philosopher in Voltaire's Candide (1759). Ex: One needn't be a Pangloss to dismiss the notion that the world can ever get better.
characterised by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity
Ex: This panglossian side of my friend reminds me of the guy singing “Always look on the bright side of life” as he’s getting crucified at the end of 'Monty Python’s Life of Brian'
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