Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for misfortunes
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Pericles has borne all his misfortunes with the dignity of an immortal.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Festivals in honour of Zeus, because he delivered men from misfortunes and dangers.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • I, to her misfortunes—she through the brutality of the king.

    Theresa Marchmont Mrs Charles Gore
  • The principal pleasure of your life is to remind your family of their misfortunes.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • All kinds of misfortunes, accidents, and storms had been its lot.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for misfortunes

misfortune

/mɪsˈfɔːtʃən/
noun
1.
evil fortune; bad luck
2.
an unfortunate or disastrous event; calamity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for misfortunes

misfortune

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for misfortune

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for misfortunes

16
19
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for misfortunes