- 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 misfortunes
My favorite remains La Rochefoucauld, with his: “We all have strength enough to bear the misfortunes of others.”How to Be Smart on Twitter
Alain de Botton
November 30, 2013
Over the years it has learned to benefit from the misfortunes of others.Jordan: The Last Arab Safe Haven
October 5, 2013
Most of the time, the motive is to get even with those they hold responsible for their misfortunes.Forget What You've Heard: Mass Shootings Aren't Rising. But They Probably Aren't Going Away
February 1, 2013
Compared to his misfortunes, his workers' troubles seem hardly worth noticing.David's Bookclub: Hard Times
September 24, 2012
And he is also, at the personal level, sensitive to the misfortunes of others.Stephen Hawking 70th-Birthday Salute
January 8, 2012
Pericles has borne all his misfortunes with the dignity of an immortal.
Festivals in honour of Zeus, because he delivered men from misfortunes and dangers.
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
All kinds of misfortunes, accidents, and storms had been its lot.My Double Life
- evil fortune; bad luck
- an unfortunate or disastrous event; calamity
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Word Origin and History for misfortunes
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