Definition of misfortune
1a : an event or conjunction of events that causes an unfortunate or distressing result : bad luck by misfortune he fell into bad company had the misfortune to break his legb : an unhappy situation always ready to help people in misfortune
2 : a distressing or unfortunate incident or event misfortunes never come singly
Examples of misfortune in a Sentence
a victim of economic misfortune
She endured her misfortune without complaint.
It was my misfortune to be chosen first.
Her injury was a great misfortune.
He blamed the party's misfortunes on poor leadership.
Recent Examples of misfortune from the Web
That's when Baylor's offense ignited and the Ducks' misfortune started piling up.
One by one, players and coach spoke with a bit of an edge — curt answers, extra emphasis and stone-cold facial expressions — about the recent stretch of misfortune and their upcoming match.
That stew of misfortune is in part the reason the Mets are 20-27.
But misfortune had little to do with the three-run homer Adam Frazier smashed against the Braves right-hander.
Ah, the misfortune this jam had coming out the week after Drake's More Life -- what could've been a song of the summer contender ended up feeling like one Patron-smooth sail around the Caribbean too many.
This was supposed to be the earnings season from hell, with Asia’s misfortunes at last taking their toll on major companies in the United States.
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Synonym Discussion of misfortune
MISFORTUNE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of misfortune for English Language Learners
: bad luck
: an unlucky condition or event
MISFORTUNE Defined for Kids
Definition of misfortune for Students
1 : bad luck
2 : an unfortunate situation or event
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