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misfortune

[mis-fawr-chuh n] /mɪsˈfɔr tʃən/
noun
1.
adverse fortune; bad luck.
2.
an instance of this; mischance; mishap.
Origin of misfortune
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English. See mis-1, fortune
Synonyms
2. accident; disaster, calamity, catastrophe; reverse; blow.
Synonym Study
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
  • Brother, you'll be the cause that some misfortune will happen here.

British Dictionary definitions for misfortune

misfortune

/mɪsˈfɔːtʃən/
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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