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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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Yet," urged Phoebe, "you did speak as if misfortune were impending
Oh, we don't mind it at all, madam; in our case it was merely misfortune, and nobody's fault.
Misfortune and the Marrable family had not parted company yet.
Made curious by seeing you in that connection, and having a reason, to which you are no stranger, for associating you with the misfortunes of a friend now very unfortunate, I walked in your direction.
I was very much concerned for his misfortunes, and felt that any recognition short of ninepence would be mere brutality and hardness of heart.
It has almost made me mad to sit here of a night and see him before me, so bound up with my fortunes and misfortunes, and yet so unknown to me, except as the miserable wretch who terrified me two days in my childhood
And it must be confessed, that from the great intercourse of trade and commerce between both realms, from the continual reception of exiles which is mutual among them, and from the custom, in each empire, to send their young nobility and richer gentry to the other, in order to polish themselves by seeing the world, and understanding men and manners; there are few persons of distinction, or merchants, or seamen, who dwell in the maritime parts, but what can hold conversation in both tongues; as I found some weeks after, when I went to pay my respects to the emperor of Blefuscu, which, in the midst of great misfortunes, through the malice of my enemies, proved a very happy adventure to me, as I shall relate in its proper place.
If I do not go back to him, terrible misfortunes may happen
If it is your wish, sirs, that I should disclose in a few words the surpassing extent of my misfortunes, you must promise not to break the thread of my sad story with any question or other interruption, for the instant you do so the tale I tell will come to an end.
Who that knows what his misfortunes have been, can help feeling an interest in him?
How often, in answer to my repeated intreaties that you would give my Daughter a regular detail of the Misfortunes and Adventures of your Life, have you said "No, my freind never will I comply with your request till I may be no longer in Danger of again experiencing such dreadful ones.
A singular fortune was that of this faithful servant, who saw beginning for the second generation the fearful series of misfortunes which had weighed so heavily on the first.