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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Even in a debut season of misfortune, not even Werner could miss in the 28th minute when presented with an unguarded net to head into from close range after Kai Havertz had lobbed former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and hit the crossbar. Rob Harris, ajc, "Chelsea beats Madrid to set up all-English CL final vs City," 6 May 2021 Even in a debut season of misfortune, not even Werner could miss in the 28th minute when presented with an unguarded net to head into from close range after Kai Havertz had lobbed former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and hit the crossbar. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, "Chelsea beats Madrid to set up all-English CL final vs City," 5 May 2021 The reservation had the misfortune of sitting atop the Bakken Shale, a hot spot for fracking in the early 2000s that is now in decline, leaving residents and taxpayers to clean up the environmental damage left behind. Chelsea Clinton, STAT, "End fracking exemptions, a threat to maternal and public health," 29 Apr. 2021 The weeks-long absence of seemingly healthy players who had the misfortune of being in the same room as someone who wasn’t. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Weber State football has experienced many firsts this season. Will reaching the FCS championship game be another one?," 23 Apr. 2021 Eszett, a neighborhood wine bar and restaurant in Silver Lake, had the misfortune of opening shortly before the pandemic. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, "The subversive little hot sauce that took on a life of its own," 21 Apr. 2021 One of his fastballs during a game in Tucson struck and killed a dove that had the misfortune of flying between the mound and home plate in a game against the San Francisco Giants. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson killed a bird with a pitch 20 years ago today," 24 Mar. 2021 In the 19th century, however, Iran had the misfortune of being a pawn in the Great Game as Russia and Britain eyed its oil and warm-water ports. Washington Post, "America and Iran, from fascination to antagonism," 26 Feb. 2021 Georgia has the distinction, or the misfortune, of holding two competitive Senate elections on the same day. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Georgia May Decide the Senate Majority," 2 Nov. 2020

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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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14 May 2021

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“Misfortune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misfortune. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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