misfortune

noun
mis·​for·​tune | \ ˌmis-ˈfȯr-chən \

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 leg
b : an unhappy situation always ready to help people in misfortune
2 : a distressing or unfortunate incident or event misfortunes never come singly

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Synonyms & Antonyms for misfortune

Synonyms

adversity, ill, knock, misadventure, mischance, mishap, tragedy

Antonyms

fortune, luck, serendipity

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misfortune, mischance, adversity, mishap mean adverse fortune or an instance of this. misfortune may apply to either the incident or conjunction of events that is the cause of an unhappy change of fortune or to the ensuing state of distress. never lost hope even in the depths of misfortune mischance applies especially to a situation involving no more than slight inconvenience or minor annoyance. took the wrong road by mischance adversity applies to a state of grave or persistent misfortune. had never experienced great adversity mishap applies to an often trivial instance of bad luck. the usual mishaps of a family vacation

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.
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The daughter of a housewife and a cemetery worker, Sandra had grown up to know great misfortune, but she had never expected to know exile. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018 From a promising future to bankruptcy Wade tells the story of her family’s misfortunes in a careful, methodical fashion. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "A Kirkland mother’s anguished phone call brings help she never imagined," 9 Dec. 2018 Each character grapples with private misfortune that’s all-too-painfully real. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "'The Humans' at the Ahmanson: Quite possibly the best cast of actors you can see anywhere," 21 June 2018 Now, North is committing again to an extremely specific idea: an instruction guide to rebuilding civilization for anyone with the misfortune of getting stuck in a broken time machine. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's a Guide for Reinventing the World If Your Time Machine Gets Stuck in the Past," 18 Sep. 2018 Today, the number 13 is synonymous with misfortune. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Why Do People Think the Number 13 Is Unlucky? Let's Talk About Triskaidekaphobia," 29 Aug. 2018 Though not himself Irish, dealing with misfortune or guilt is a trademark of Dubus’s work. BostonGlobe.com, "A writer’s writer and the inevitability of bad times," 6 July 2018 Ross Klein, a Canadian academic, studies corruption of cruise corporations and logs all the misfortune that happens on and off board. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The case against cruises," 15 Nov. 2018 To lose one major money person from your company may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two within a week looks like carelessness. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "A tale of two CEOs: Tim Cook demonstrates what some want from Elon Musk," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of misfortune

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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misfortune

noun

English Language Learners Definition of misfortune

: bad luck

: an unlucky condition or event

misfortune

noun
mis·​for·​tune | \ mis-ˈfȯr-chən \

Kids Definition of misfortune

1 : bad luck
2 : an unfortunate situation or event

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