What does misfortune mean?

Definitions for misfortune
mɪsˈfɔr tʃənmis·for·tune

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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


  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.


  1. misfortune

    Misfortune refers to an event or condition marked by bad luck, distress, suffering, or adverse circumstances that negatively affect one's life or well-being. It can describe personal distress over a loss, a serious disadvantage, or a damaging incident that has occurred. Misfortune often happens without one's expectation and control.

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


  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.

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  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. President Trump:

    I don't know him, i don't know, as he says, 'Lieutenant Colonel.' I understand somebody had him the misfortune of calling him 'Mr.' and he corrected them. I never saw the man. I understand now he wears his uniform when he goes in. No, I don't know Vindman at all.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    That is bad actors making a fortune off people's misfortune.

  3. Plato:

    Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.

  4. Bhartrihari:

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

  5. The California native:

    There was definitely some guys that were quicker than us, but they had their misfortune, just kept our heads in it all day. ... the whole race was crazy, but definitely good to get a win in California.

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    immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
    A suspicious
    B nasty
    C handsome
    D greedy

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