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misfortune

[mis-fawr-chuh n]
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noun
  1. adverse fortune; bad luck.
  2. an instance of this; mischance; mishap.
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Origin of misfortune

1400–50; late Middle English. See mis-1, fortune

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2. accident; disaster, calamity, catastrophe; reverse; blow.

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2. See affliction.
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  • 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

    Horatio Alger

  • 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

    George MacDonald

  • What is the matter with you, dear Angélique, and what misfortune makes you weep?


British Dictionary definitions for misfortune

misfortune

noun
  1. evil fortune; bad luck
  2. an unfortunate or disastrous event; calamity
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Word Origin and History for misfortune

n.

mid-15c., from mis- (1) + fortune. Related: Misfortunate.

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