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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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.
To my misfortune I yielded to it, showing her to him one night by the light of a taper at a window where we used to talk to one another.
Heavy misfortunes have befallen us, but let us only cling closer to what remains and transfer our love for those whom we have lost to those who yet live.
She looked forward to our union with placid contentment, not unmingled with a little fear, which past misfortunes had impressed, that what now appeared certain and tangible happiness might soon dissipate into an airy dream and leave no trace but deep and everlasting regret.
I don't see that they have eaten at your expense, and it would be a misfortune for travelers like us, who have a long journey to make, to have our horses fail us.
The courtiers, at the approach of the friends of the unfortunate superintendent of finances, drew back, as if fearful of being affected by contagion with disgrace and misfortune.
Far from us the idea of coming to defend him who has had the misfortune to offend your majesty.
Morrel," said Danglars, "you have heard of the misfortune that has befallen us?
By contrast, those who engage in evil deeds are punished by becoming hard-hearted, preoccupied with worries, and by various misfortunes.
According to the legend, "He who owns this diamond will own the world, but will also know all its misfortunes.
President Zardari termed him as a man of great personal courage and resilience who defied a series of personal misfortunes and tragedies on the other.
I must admit we have had to suffer cruel misfortunes over the years I have been manager.