misfortune

[ mis-fawr-chuhn ]
/ mɪsˈfɔr tʃən /

noun

adverse fortune; bad luck.
an instance of this; mischance; mishap.

Nearby words

  1. misfeed,
  2. misfield,
  3. misfile,
  4. misfire,
  5. misfit,
  6. misfunction,
  7. misgender,
  8. misgive,
  9. misgiving,
  10. misgovern

Origin of misfortune

1400–50; late Middle English. See mis-1, fortune

Synonym study

2. See affliction.

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British Dictionary definitions for misfortune

misfortune

/ (mɪsˈfɔːtʃən) /

noun

evil fortune; bad luck
an unfortunate or disastrous event; calamity
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Word Origin and History for misfortune

misfortune

n.

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

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