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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. See affliction.
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  • His son John has had the misfortune to be captured in the present war.

    The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
  • I had learned to accept the misfortune of being no longer loved by you.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • There was no selling or trading on misfortune here, as in some of the other camps we had been in.

  • This has not been his fault but his misfortune—the settling of an estate, it may be, or the death of a master.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • "This is their misfortune or failing, not the fault of the system," returned Ida.

    Alone Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for misfortune

misfortune

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

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

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