Definition of misfortune in US English:

misfortune

noun

  • 1Bad luck.

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

/ˌmɪsˈfɔrtʃ(ə)n//ˌmisˈfôrCH(ə)n/