misfortune
Pronunciation
  • (GA) IPA: /mɪsˈfɔɹtʃən/
  • (RP) IPA: /mɪsˈfɔːtʃuːn/
Noun

misfortune

  1. (uncountable) bad luck
    The worst tour I have ever had the misfortune to experience.
    It was my fortune, or misfortune, to be called to the office of Chief Executive without any previous political training. - Ulysses S. Grant
  2. (countable) an undesirable event such as an accident
    • 1839, Charles Robert Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle. ↗, Chapter X
      The snowstorm, which was the cause of their misfortune, happened in the middle of January, corresponding to our July, and in the latitude of Durham!
    She had to come to terms with a number of misfortunes.
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