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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James, meanwhile, remains as transcendently dominant as ever, but had the misfortune of being really bad at assembling a superteam. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Tiger joins LeBron in new era of underdogs," 13 June 2018 Fans can sometimes pin these things on curses, misfortune or bad luck. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Annual early Big Ten tournament exit final reminder of what IU basketball has become," 2 Mar. 2018 In general, however, public support is an advantage for a new democracy, helping to cushion the system against political misfortune. Christopher Claassen, Washington Post, "Support for democracy is declining — but not in the U.S. or other Western democracies," 5 July 2018 Still, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, to make one early exit from a major tournament looks like misfortune. SI.com, "Spain Are Back! Why the Last 3 Major Tournaments Aren't a Blip for Football's Great Underachievers," 5 July 2018 The sprawling boardinghouse offers shelter to 100 or so residents, many in need of support after financial or personal misfortune. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Quakertown landmark rebuilds, Pa. closes in on primary day, Trump surprises with China move | Morning Newsletter," 14 May 2018 Johnson’s putting misfortunes in Sunday’s final round at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club were not nearly so calamitous. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "U.S. Open: Dustin Johnson’s Wayward Short Game Makes for a Long Sunday," 17 June 2018 To let one of us be a target of official racial or ethnic wrath – or to celebrate the misfortune of a group, as happened when President Barack Obama ended the wet-foot, dry-foot policy for Cubans — is wrong. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "A conversation about racism in Miami should include all groups – not just Cubans," 1 June 2018 But, again, as was the case in the opening 45 minutes, Messi was on hand to rescue his striker's misfortune in front of goal. SI.com, "Barcelona 3-1 Leganes: Lionel Messi Hat-Trick Seals Record-Equalling Barca Win," 7 Apr. 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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