- adverse fortune; bad luck.
- an instance of this; mischance; mishap.
Origin of misfortune
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2. accident; disaster, calamity, catastrophe; reverse; blow.
2. See affliction.
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Examples from the Web for misfortune
It was forbidden to be eaten, and seen as having powers that beat back “demons and sorcerers” as well as “misfortune.”The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
December 27, 2014
These gentlemen, said Clausewitz in brief, had the misfortune of mistaking the accoutrements of war for its essential nature.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
In the case of Kudo-kai case boss Nomura, the appropriate Japanese proverb appears to be: “The mouth is the gate of misfortune.”The Case of the Yakking Yakuza
September 16, 2014
But religion also compels us to fight the unjust, prejudiced systems that cause and perpetuate that misfortune.Believers Must Fight for Gay Teens
May 18, 2014
She rattled off countless fundraisers in the past to help individual residents struck by misfortune.Landslide Leaves Families Waiting for Death
March 27, 2014
The misfortune was that this was the only thing they cared to possess.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I like him all the better for his misfortune, and so I am sure will my sister.Brave and Bold
It was quite possible that some misfortune might have happened.Viviette
William J. Locke
Misfortune had driven them into the earth; it would be fortune to stay there.Weighed and Wanting
What is the matter with you, dear Angélique, and what misfortune makes you weep?The Imaginary Invalid
- evil fortune; bad luck
- an unfortunate or disastrous event; calamity
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Word Origin and History for misfortune
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