ADJ. appalling, considerable, dreadful, extreme, genuine, great, immense, real, severe | widespread | undue, unnecessary | economic, financial, material, personal, physical
VERB + HARDSHIP cause | bear, endure, experience, face, suffer, survive a close community which makes these hardships easier to bear Students may suffer severe financial hardship as a result of the government's decision. They have already survived considerable hardship.
HARDSHIP + NOUN payment The union made hardship payments to some of the sacked workers.
PREP. in ~ They are living in genuine hardship. | without ~ Rail services to rural areas could be withdrawn without undue hardship. | ~ among widespread hardship among students | ~ to The cold was no real hardship to me.
PHRASES times of hardship In times of economic hardship, firms cut back on training.