adverse fortune; bad luck.
an instance of this; mischance; mishap.
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How to use misfortune in a sentence
Dryly self-deprecating, she considers herself an introvert who has the misfortune to live in a building with 270 other people.“We Don’t Even Know Who Is Dead or Alive”: Trapped Inside an Assisted Living Facility During the Pandemic | by Ava Kofman | November 30, 2020 | ProPublica
If you’ve ever had the painful misfortune of losing valuable documents, photos, and information on your laptop due to a random crash or accident, then you know how important external hard drives are.
Then in 1959 it had the misfortune to pass close to Jupiter, which pushed it even closer.These Images Expose the Dark Side of the Solar System - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Corey S. Powell | August 26, 2020 | Nautilus
It’s not ideal that Portland has the misfortune of playing its next game against the Dallas Mavericks, who have the most efficient offense in NBA history.With A Healthy Jusuf Nurkić, The Trail Blazers Are On The Cusp Of The Playoffs | Jared Dubin | August 11, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Astronauts there made unprecedented observations of Earth and the sun, and set new records for time spent in space — but many misfortunes befell the early NASA space station.50 years ago, NASA prepared to launch America’s first space station | Maria Temming | July 20, 2020 | Science News
It was forbidden to be eaten, and seen as having powers that beat back “demons and sorcerers” as well as “misfortune.”The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity | William O’Connor | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These gentlemen, said Clausewitz in brief, had the misfortune of mistaking the accoutrements of war for its essential nature.
In the case of Kudo-kai case boss Nomura, the appropriate Japanese proverb appears to be: “The mouth is the gate of misfortune.”
But religion also compels us to fight the unjust, prejudiced systems that cause and perpetuate that misfortune.
She rattled off countless fundraisers in the past to help individual residents struck by misfortune.
This misfortune gave another opportunity to his detractors, and again the Emperor lent his authority to their false accusations.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
During the hurried crossing of the mountains of Tolosa the Marshal had the misfortune to be thrown from his horse.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
It is due to Alan to say that the misfortune of his wounded leg by no means cooled his courage.The Nursery, July 1873, Vol. XIV. No. 1 | Various
It would be a misfortune if the impression were created that preferment to the episcopal bench was confined to High Churchmen.
An Irish officer had the misfortune to be dreadfully wounded in one of the late battles in Holland.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
British Dictionary definitions for misfortune
evil fortune; bad luck
an unfortunate or disastrous event; calamity
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