Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section V. Results of Voluntary Action
ADVERSITY, evil [See Evil]; failure [See Failure]; bad - ill -, evil -, adverse -, hard- -fortune, - hap, - luck, - lot; frowns of fortune; evil -dispensation, - star, - genius; ups and downs of life; the sport of fortune; broken fortunes; hard -case, - lines, - life; sea -, peck- of troubles; hell upon earth; slough of despond.
pressure of the times, iron age, evil day, time out of joint; hard -, bad -, sad- times; rainy day, cloud, dark cloud, gathering clouds, ill wind; affliction (painfulness) [See Painfulness]; bitter -pill, - draft (or draught), - cup; care.
TROUBLE, hardship, curse, blight, blast, load, pressure, humiliation.
MISFORTUNE, misventure [archaic], mishap, mischance, misadventure, disaster, calamity, catastrophe; accident, casualty, cross, blow, trial, sorrow, visitation, infliction, reverse, check, contretemps [F.], pinch, rub; backset, comedown, setback.
DOWNFALL, fall; losing game; falling &c. v.; ruination, ruinousness, undoing; extremity; ruin (destruction) [See Destruction].
BE ILL OFF &c. adj.; go hard with; fall on evil, - days; go on ill; not prosper [See Prosperity].
COME TO GRIEF, go downhill, go to rack and ruin (destruction) [See Destruction], go to the dogs [colloq.]; fall, - from ones high estate; decay, sink, decline, go down in the world; have seen better days; bring down ones gray hairs with sorrow to the grave; be all over with, be all up with [colloq.]; bring a wasps (or hornets) nest about ones ears.
UNFORTUNATE, unblest, unhappy, unlucky, unprosperous, improsperous [obs.]; hoodooed [colloq., U. S.], Jonahed [slang], jinxed [slang], luckless, hapless; out of luck; in trouble, in a bad way, in an evil plight; under a cloud; clouded; ill off, badly off; in adverse circumstances; poor [See Poverty]; behindhand, down in the world, decayed, undone; on the road to ruin, on its last legs, on the wane; in ones utmost need.
ILL-FATED, ill-starred, ill-omened; planet-struck, devoted, doomed; inauspicious, unauspicious [rare], ominous, sinister, unpropitious; unfavorable; born -under an evil star, - with a wooden ladle in ones mouth. ADVERSE, untoward; disastrous, calamitous, ruinous, dire, deplorable.
if the worst come to the worst, as ill luck would have it, from bad to worse, out of the frying pan into the fire.
Ones star is on the wane.
Ones luck turns, ones luck fails.
The game is up, ones doom is sealed, the ground crumbles under ones feet, sic transit gloria mundi, tant va la cruche à leau qu à la fin elle se casse.
Adversitys sweet milk, philosophy.Romeo and Juliet
Amici probantur rebus adversis.
Bien vengas mal si vienes solo.
Gaudet tentamine virtus.
Cur leves loquuntur ingentes stupent.
Res est sacra miser.Ovid
Sempre il mal non vien per nuocere.
Sweet are the uses of adversity.As You Like It
The man who complains of the crumpled rose leaf very often has his flesh full of thorns.Chesterton