Definition of misfortune in English:

misfortune

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Bad luck.

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

Pronunciation:

misfortune

/mɪsˈfɔːtʃuːn//mɪsˈfɔːtʃ(ə)n/