misfortune

noun
mis·​for·​tune | \ ˌmis-ˈfȯr-chən How to pronounce misfortune (audio) \

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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People just like me are hit with misfortune and pressured to find ways to make money for a prom ticket, some groceries, or a water bill. Peter Rezk, Teen Vogue, "America’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing Young People Like Me. Clean Slate Laws Are the Answer," 14 Dec. 2018 Moylan has dealt with similar medical misfortune: two Tommy John surgeries, a shoulder operation and three back surgeries. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Pitching Again After 3 (Three!) Tommy John Surgeries," 4 May 2018 For the most part, Giallorossi succeeded in limiting the Argentine's effect on proceedings during the opening encounter, with misfortune playing a large part in their current deficit. SI.com, "AS Roma vs Barcelona Preview: Recent Form, Team News, Key Battle & More," 9 Apr. 2018 But Michigan profits off the misfortunes of property owners like Mr. Rafaeli, as do Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota and Oregon. Christina Martin, WSJ, "For $8.41 in Unpaid Taxes, the Government Took Uri Rafaeli’s House," 7 Dec. 2018 Don’t be a troll A troll is someone who delights online in the misfortune of others, deliberately attempting to evoke a response of anger, fear, distrust or revulsion. Dwight Silverman, San Antonio Express-News, "How to be a good internet citizen," 3 July 2018 Has the misfortune of residing in a Serena Williams-adjacent neighborhood in the draw. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Wimbledon 2018 Seed Reports," 1 July 2018 But Maclellan could not advance to the championships without exorcising the misfortune that eliminated him last year. Branson Wright, cleveland.com, "NCAA D3 Wrestling Championships: Baldwin Wallace senior Tyler Maclellan has high hopes (video)," 7 Mar. 2018 However, barring Caesar’s misfortune there is no inherently sinister meaning behind the expression. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "So, What Exactly Are the Ides of March?," 15 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of misfortune

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

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The first known use of misfortune was in the 15th century

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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 How to pronounce misfortune (audio) \

Kids Definition of misfortune

1 : bad luck
2 : an unfortunate situation or event

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