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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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  • Pericles has borne all his misfortunes with the dignity of an immortal.

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

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  • I, to her misfortunes—she through the brutality of the king.

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  • The principal pleasure of your life is to remind your family of their misfortunes.

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  • All kinds of misfortunes, accidents, and storms had been its lot.

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British Dictionary definitions for misfortunes

misfortune

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

misfortune

n.

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

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