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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.

WHAT IS MISFORTUNE

Definition

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

Synonyms

Here are the following synonyms of this term:

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

Etymology

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.

Examples

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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