a situation that is difficult and unpleasant because you do not have enough money, food, clothes, etc. economic/financial, etc. hardship People suffered many hardships during that long winter. The two men endured great hardship during their trek across Antarctica. It was no hardship to walk home on such a lovely evening. See related entries: Poverty and famineExtra examples In times of economic hardship, firms cut back on training. Rail services to rural areas could be withdrawn without undue hardship. Students may suffer severe financial hardship as a result of the government’s decision. The cold was no real hardship to me. The union made hardship payments to some of the sacked workers. They are living in genuine hardship. They could improve our conditions without undue hardship for themselves. They have already survived considerable hardship. a close community which makes these hardships easier to bear widespread hardship among students These changes have resulted in growing financial hardship among students.