Native English speakers, could you please help me with these issues?

1. Does this sentence make sense:

"You need emotional strength to handle the CONTRARITIES of life."

2. Even if it does, what other words would you use instead of 'contrarities' (to convey the same meaning)?

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  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    No, the word 'contrarities' isn't used.  It probably exists, but I've never heard anyone say it, and it sounds awkward.

    You could say 'complexities' or, more commonly and more simply, 'the ups and downs of life'.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    "You need emotional strength to handle the VICISSITUDES of life."

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  • 1 month ago

    My SOED has "contrarieties" but not "contrarities". My Collins supports that. It is not, however, a word that is commonly used.

    My thesaurus has contrariety and offers contrast, foil, antithesis, oppositeness, counterpole, contradiction, antagonism and counteraction as possible synonyms.

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  • Bob
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    No, it sounds odd to a native speaker. Although contrarities is a word, it's not at all common.

    Instead, I would say:

    "You need emotional strength to handle the vagaries of life."

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