misfortune

  • 1 Misfortune — is an Italian fairy tale, from Palermo, collected by Italo Calvino in his Italian Folktales.[1] Another telling of the tale appears under the title Unfortunate in A Book of Enchantments and Curses, by Ruth Manning Sanders. Synopsis A king was… …

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  • 2 misfortune — misfortune, mischance, adversity, mishap are comparable when they denote bad luck or adverse fortune or an instance of this. Misfortune is both the most common and the most general term; it is applicable equally to the incident or conjunction of… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 misfortune — I noun accident, adverse event, adverse fortune, adverse lot, adverse luck, adversity, affliction, backset, bad fortune, bad luck, bale, blow, calamitas, calamity, casualty, cataclysm, catastrophe, comedown, destruction, disadvantage,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 Misfortune — Mis*for tune, n. Bad fortune or luck; calamity; an evil accident; disaster; mishap; mischance. [1913 Webster] Consider why the change was wrought, You ll find his misfortune, not his fault. Addison. [1913 Webster] Syn: Calamity; mishap;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 misfortune — / mishap [n] bad luck; disaster accident, adversity, affliction, annoyance, anxiety, bad break*, bad news*, blow*, burden, calamity, casuality, cataclysm, catastrophe, contretemps, cross, crunch, debacle, disadvantage, disappointment, discomfort …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 Misfortune — Mis*for tune, v. i. To happen unluckily or unfortunately; to miscarry; to fail. [Obs.] Stow. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 misfortune — (n.) mid 15c., from MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + FORTUNE (Cf. fortune). Related: Misfortunate …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 misfortune — ► NOUN 1) bad luck. 2) an unfortunate event …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 misfortune — [mis fôr′chən] n. 1. bad luck; ill fortune; trouble; adversity 2. an instance of this; unlucky accident; mishap; mischance SYN. AFFLICTION …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 misfortune — noun Date: 15th century 1. a. an event or conjunction of events that causes an unfortunate or distressing result ; bad luck < by misfortune he fell into bad company > < had the misfortune to break his leg > b. an unhappy situation < always ready… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 misfortune — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great ▪ personal VERB + MISFORTUNE ▪ be dogged by (BrE), have, suffer ▪ The expedition was dogged by …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 misfortune — n. 1) to have, suffer (a) misfortune 2) the misfortune to + inf. (she had the misfortune to get there at the wrong moment) * * * [mɪs fɔːtʃ(ə)n] suffer (a) misfortune to have the misfortune to + inf. (she had the misfortune to get there at the… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 misfortune */ — UK [mɪsˈfɔː(r)tʃ(ə)n] / US [mɪsˈfɔrtʃ(ə)n] noun Word forms misfortune : singular misfortune plural misfortunes a) [uncountable] bad luck The family was plagued by misfortune. have the misfortune to do something/of doing something: He s the most… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 misfortune — mis•for•tune [[t]mɪsˈfɔr tʃən[/t]] n. 1) adverse fortune; bad luck 2) an instance of this • Etymology: 1400–50 syn: misfortune, adversity, affliction refer to an event or circumstance that is hard to bear and beyond one s control. misfortune is… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 misfortune — mis|for|tune [ mıs fɔrtʃən ] noun * bad luck: The family was plagued by misfortune. have the misfortune to do something/of doing something: He s the most irritating man I ve ever had the misfortune to meet. a. count something harmful or… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 misfortune — mis|for|tune [mısˈfo:tʃən US o:r ] n [U and C] very bad luck, or something that happens to you as a result of bad luck ▪ It seems the banks always profit from farmers misfortunes. have the misfortune to do/of doing sth ▪ The French soldiers had… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 misfortune — [[t]mɪ̱sfɔ͟ː(r)tʃuːn[/t]] misfortunes N VAR A misfortune is something unpleasant or unlucky that happens to someone. She seemed to enjoy the misfortunes of others... He had his full share of misfortune …

    English dictionary

  • 18 misfortune — noun (C, U) very bad luck, or something that happens to you as a result of bad luck: It seems the banks always profit from farmers misfortunes. | have the misfortune to do sth: The French soldiers had the misfortune to be caught in the crossfire …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 misfortune —    obsolete    an illegitimate child    Literally, ill luck, which it was at one time for the mother and child:     ... had had a misfortune in the shape of a bouncing boy. (Bartram, 1897)    An illegitimate child might also be called a misbegot… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 20 misfortune —   Pō ino, pōpilikia.   Also: awa (fig.); la a uli, make, Predict misfortune, ho oiloilo.    ♦ Gloat over misfortunes of others, aikola, hō aikola, ākola …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary


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