What does misfortune mean?

Definitions for misfortune
mɪsˈfɔr tʃənmis·for·tune

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word misfortune.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. misfortune, bad lucknoun

    unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event

  2. misfortune, bad luck, tough luck, ill lucknoun

    an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes

Wiktionary

  1. misfortunenoun

    bad luck

  2. misfortunenoun

    an undesirable event such as an accident

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Misfortunenoun

    Calamity; ill luck; want of good fortune.

    Etymology: mis and fortune.

    Fortune thus ’gan say, misery and misfortune is all one,
    And of misfortune, fortune hath only the gift. Philip Sidney.

    What world’s delight, or joy of living speech,
    Can heart so plung’d in sea of sorrows deep,
    And heaped with so huge misfortunes reach? Fa. Qu.

    Consider why the change was wrought,
    You’ll find it his misfortune, not his fault. Addison.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Misfortunenoun

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

  2. Misfortuneverb

    to happen unluckily or unfortunately; to miscarry; to fail

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Misfortune

    mis-for′tūn, n. ill-fortune: an evil accident: calamity: (coll.) a euphemism for a lapse from virtue resulting in the birth of a natural child.—adj. Misfor′tuned. (Milt.), unfortunate.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce misfortune?

How to say misfortune in sign language?

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of misfortune in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of misfortune in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of misfortune in a Sentence

  1. Father Igor:

    It's about helping our brothers from China who are suffering from this scary misfortune, this destructive plague, we perform this prayer and ask God for mercy toward China and its people.

  2. Bhartrihari:

    The constant man loses not his virtue in misfortune. A torch may point towards the ground, but its flame will still point upwards.

  3. Erik Pevernagie:

    Sometimes life turns its back to people. A misfortune, a physical accident or a mental emergency can take them by surprise. Similar to the unexpected assault on Pearl Harbor and the Twin Towers in New York, which took a whole nation by surprise , the lives of individuals can be suddenly disrupted.

  4. Bharavi:

    As drops of bitter medicine, though minute, may have a salutary force, so words, though few and painful, uttered seasonably, may rouse the prostrate energies of those who meet misfortune with despondency.

  5. Ambrose Bierce:

    Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.

Popularity rank by frequency of use

misfortune#10000#31190#100000

Translations for misfortune

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for misfortune »

Translation

Find a translation for the misfortune definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these misfortune definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "misfortune." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 8 Dec. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/misfortune>.

    Are we missing a good definition for misfortune? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
    • A. ambidextrous
    • B. equivalent
    • C. proprietary
    • D. appellative

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for misfortune: