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Could you please list these adjectives with the word HARDSHIP in the order of strength ( from weakest to strongest ) acute, appalling, extreme, immense, incredible, severe, terrible, unimaginable and widespread
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https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=*_ADJ+hardship&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t2%3B%2C%2A_ADJ%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bgreat_ADJ%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bmuch_ADJ%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Beconomic_ADJ%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bundue_ADJ%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Breal_ADJ%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bextreme_ADJ%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bpeculiar_ADJ%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bgreater_ADJ%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bconsiderable_ADJ%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bfinancial_ADJ%20hardship%3B%2Cc0


https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=acute%2C+appalling%2C+extreme%2C+immense+hardship%2C+incredible+hardship%2C+severe+hardship%2C+terrible+hardship%2C+unimaginable+hardship%2Cwidespread+hardship&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cacute%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cappalling%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cextreme%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cimmense%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cincredible%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Csevere%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cterrible%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cunimaginable%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cwidespread%20hardship%3B%2Cc0#t1%3B%2Cacute%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cappalling%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cextreme%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cimmense%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cincredible%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Csevere%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cterrible%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cunimaginable%20hardship%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cwidespread%20hardship%3B%2Cc0

CJ

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There is no simple and standard way to rank these words. Different people are likely to offer you different opinions.

Clive

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