misfortune


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misfortune

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, disadvantage, disappointment, disaster, evil forrune, fortuna adversa, hardship, ill fortune, ill luck, incommodum, infelicity, misadventure, mischance, mishap, problem, reverse, ruin, setback, suffering, tragedy, trial, tribulation, trouble, unforeseen adversity, unfortunate occurrence, unlucky accident, unlucky happening, visitation
Foreign phrases: Festinatio justitiae est noverca infortunii.The hastening of justice is the stepmother of misfortune. Negligentia semper habet infortunium comitem. Negligence always has misfortune for a companion.
See also: adversity, calamity, casualty, catastrophe, debacle, detriment, disaster, failure, fatality, hardship, harm, infliction, loss, plight, predicament, quagmire, tragedy, trouble
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Our father survived his misfortunes only a month, our mother soon followed him, and we were alone in the world.
My name is Cardenio, my birthplace one of the best cities of this Andalusia, my family noble, my parents rich, my misfortune so great that my parents must have wept and my family grieved over it without being able by their wealth to lighten it; for the gifts of fortune can do little to relieve reverses sent by Heaven.
Morrel," said Danglars, "you have heard of the misfortune that has befallen us?
and yet you can treat the mention of his misfortune with contempt and ridicule.
Certainly it would have been a misfortune to France and my family if a misunderstanding had taken place between me and my minister.
lights on approaching a traffic-lane because your electrics had short-circuited is a misfortune which might befall any one.
Then she sat and wept and screamed with all the strength of her body, over the misfortune which lay before her.
To have informed you of this misfortune, which I knew would pain you so greatly, D'Artagnan, would have been, in your eyes, to have triumphed over you.
That is our common misfortune, and I shall grudge nothing to help you.
or shall I say we are all very sorry for what has happened during the last thirty years, and my daughters wish they had never been born; but since they have had that misfortune, they will be thankful for any trifle their grandpapa will be kind enough to bestow?
Among others of this kind was Dr Blifil, a gentleman who had the misfortune of losing the advantage of great talents by the obstinacy of a father, who would breed him to a profession he disliked.
And he waited for his misfortune the whole night; but he waited in vain.