Definition of misfortune in English:

misfortune

noun

mass noun
  • 1Bad luck.

    ‘the project was dogged by misfortune’
    • ‘He must be somehow rejected in his own country and is now making everyone he meets pay for his misfortune.’
    • ‘I lamented my misfortune in picking someone so completely incompatible and agonized for weeks.’
    • ‘The lower gods can either assist people or bring misfortune to them.’
    • ‘You shouldn't be surprised that misfortune befalls noble men.’
    • ‘For too long people in Scotland have tried to see Scottish misfortune as the consequence of being governed from London.’
    • ‘Wasn't she the one who unleashed all manner of misfortune upon the world?’
    • ‘Normally I'm not this philosophical when it comes to personal misfortune.’
    • ‘In other words, they should not blame their misfortune on anybody else.’
    • ‘The biggest lesson that he's taken almost five years to teach me is to overcome misfortune.’
    • ‘We feel deep sympathy for such children and lament their continuing misfortune.’
    • ‘It has been my great fate, or misfortune, to follow a speech more notable for its volume than for any sense.’
    • ‘I have no doubt that there is a lesson which stands to be learnt from Alice's misfortune.’
    • ‘But the following years bring misfortune more grievous than any in London.’
    • ‘The simple fact is these firms are businesses and they aren't in it for your benefit, they are in it to make money out of your misfortune.’
    • ‘And in just one respect, Britain was the architect of its own misfortune.’
    • ‘It was almost a challenge, or perhaps even a test to see if misfortune had taught them anything.’
    • ‘After our brief jaunt across campus, we made our way to our hotel, where misfortune struck once again.’
    • ‘In Ireland, in particular, misfortune was frequently blamed on fairies as well as witches.’
    • ‘Not infrequently clubs are the architects of their own misfortune.’
    • ‘I decided to be happy every day no matter what comes, discomfort or misfortune.’
    1. 1.1count noun An unfortunate condition or event.
      ‘never laugh at other people's misfortunes’
      • ‘It's very painful when we know people are laughing at our misfortunes, but it's wonderfully consoling when we see other people fall.’
      • ‘People who use investment strategies that involve cheating or preying on the misfortunes of others are crooks.’
      • ‘So how come such misfortunes have happened over and over again?’
      • ‘Needless to say, losing one's source of income at a young age is a devastating personal misfortune.’
      • ‘After a few times we spent together, she did mention her misfortunes in Brazil which made her stronger and live a happier life.’
      • ‘Sometimes we can be amused by the misfortunes of somebody else, but our amusement is particularly great if we are sure the loser is not really hurt.’
      • ‘However, the latest misfortunes have befallen the Baltimore share price under his chairmanship.’
      • ‘The tour has been blighted by a string of misfortunes.’
      • ‘He felt deeply the tragedies of the Palestinian people and their historic misfortunes.’
      • ‘A series of misfortunes have struck the region at once, and the people effected can do little about it.’
      • ‘He is perennially dogged by comic mishaps and misfortunes, usually of his own making.’
      • ‘I tried hard to overcome the great misfortunes that had befallen me and tried to finish my last days as a teacher with peace and faith in God.’
      • ‘The Cody Canal continued to suffer from bureaucratic failures and misfortunes.’
      • ‘They remain as the unobserved recipient of all these misfortunes.’
      • ‘He wanted revenge on me, because he blamed his misfortunes on me.’
      • ‘It makes the city look money-hungry and willing to profit from one of its citizen's misfortunes.’
      • ‘Their sense of humour is unkind and they tend to enjoy other people's misfortunes.’
      • ‘Film producers tend to blame cable TV and video piracy for their misfortunes.’
      • ‘Even so, his words and evidence have been discredited in ways which make the public feel he might be responsible for his own misfortunes.’
      • ‘Where is the incentive to act responsibly by trying to safeguard against the financial consequences of life's misfortunes?’
      problem, difficulty, issue, trouble, setback, reverse, adversity, reverse of fortune, misadventure, mishap, stroke of bad luck, blow, failure, accident, disaster, tragedy, affliction, sorrow, misery, woe, trial, tribulation, catastrophe, calamity
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Pronunciation

misfortune

/mɪsˈfɔːtʃuːn//mɪsˈfɔːtʃ(ə)n/