Definitions for misfortunemɪsˈfɔr tʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mis•for•tune*mɪsˈfɔr tʃən(n.)

  1. adverse fortune; bad luck.

  2. an instance of this.

* Syn: misfortune , adversity , affliction refer to an event or circumstance that is hard to bear and beyond one's control. misfortune is any adverse occurrence or situation involving bad luck: She had the misfortune to break her leg.adversity suggests one of a series of misfortunes: Job endured many adversities but kept his faith in God.affliction suggests a misfortune that causes great suffering: Blindness is a severe affliction.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. misfortune, bad luck(noun)

    unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event

  2. misfortune, bad luck, tough luck, ill luck(noun)

    an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. misfortune(noun)ɪsˈfɔr tʃən

    bad luck, or an unlucky situation

    I had the misfortune to have my laptop stolen.; Never laugh at the misfortunes of others.


  1. misfortune(Noun)

    bad luck

  2. misfortune(Noun)

    an undesirable event such as an accident

Webster Dictionary

  1. Misfortune(noun)

    bad fortune or luck; calamity; an evil accident; disaster; mishap; mischance

  2. Misfortune(verb)

    to happen unluckily or unfortunately; to miscarry; to fail


  1. Misfortune

    Misfortune is an Italian fairy tale, from Palermo, collected by Italo Calvino in his Italian Folktales. Another telling of the tale appears under the title Unfortunate in A Book of Enchantments and Curses, by Ruth Manning-Sanders.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a piece of) bad luck

I had the misfortune to break my leg.

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