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[mis-fawr-chuh n] /mɪsˈfɔr tʃən/
adverse fortune; bad luck.
an instance of this; mischance; mishap.
Origin of misfortune
1400-50; late Middle English. See mis-1, fortune
2. accident; disaster, calamity, catastrophe; reverse; blow. See affliction. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misfortune
  • Some or all of the food purchased with those benefits was destroyed due to a household misfortune or natural disaster.
  • What these ancient tragedies enact over and over again is not misfortune outside a character's control.
  • Then there were the musicians, dancers, and sculptors who had the misfortune of being ensnared on a college campus.
  • To lose a cabinet appointee may be regarded as a misfortune.
  • So in our culture it is far more acceptable to laugh at your own or others' misfortune.
  • Mountain gorillas are rare and endangered, and they have the misfortune to live in a part of the world wracked by human violence.
  • It is the land where misfortune and opportunities are constantly intersecting.
  • It is the misfortune of many persons that they are born too late.
  • And the slings and arrows of outraged misfortune will no doubt fly and land in heaps.
  • The misfortune marked him for life and fed into his scientific thinking.
British Dictionary definitions for misfortune


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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