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What Is Misfortune? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS MISFORTUNE – In this topic, we will first know the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences.



The Oxford Dictionary defines the term as the following:

  • an unfortunate condition or event.

On the other hand, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • an event or conjunction of events that causes an unfortunate or distressing result
  • bad luck
  • an unhappy situation
  • a distressing or unfortunate incident or event


Here are the following synonyms of this term:

  • problem
  • difficulty
  • issue
  • trouble
  • setback
  • reverse
  • adversity
  • reverse of fortune
  • misadventure
  • mishap


It is a combination of the prefix mis- and fortune, with the latter being the Middle English term derived from the Latin Fortuna, the name of a goddess personifying luck or chance.


Here are some of the examples:

  • On the 27th Manin left Venice for ever on board a French ship. His wife died at Marseilles, and he himself reached Paris broken in health and almost destitute, having spent all his fortune for Venice.
  • For a great heiress and a very ambitious girl the marriage scarcely seemed brilliant, for Stael had no fortune and no very great personal distinction.
  • Here begins the long line of official deputies, often men of moderate birth and fortune.
  • He was also prominent and successful in business and accumulated a large fortune.

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