We all know the phrase that says something like "Tough times test a man's spirit/will." I am looking for a word that fills in the following blank and captures the essence of this phrase.

It is through ______ times like these that a man's spirit is truly defined.

  • What words have you tried? Why didn't they fit the sentence?
    – NVZ
    Dec 26, 2016 at 4:22
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    Your question includes a hint for a good answer: testing. Dec 26, 2016 at 4:26
  • @alwayslearning That's the word I'm looking for! I actually searched that up before asking this, but didn't see it on dictionary.com, but now I've checked Oxford's dictionary and see that it's there. Besides, even if it wasn't officially a word, it's gets the message clear across. Dec 26, 2016 at 4:28

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It shows that adversity does not deter a person with will power to accomplish whatever he has set out to do.


Challenging, darkest and deepest, egregious, tough, heartbreaking, unimaginably horrific, lonely, painful...That's all I got, I'm running out of ideas. I know a quote that kinda goes with this theme, "stand in the light and be seen as we are", "be the small light in a dark room".

  • A song that might go with this theme is Invisible by Hunter Hayes, and Heroes by Casting Crowns.
    – AmazingMc
    Dec 26, 2016 at 4:28

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