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Synonyms for misfortune
mɪsˈfɔr tʃənmis·for·tune

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. misfortune

    Misfortune is adverse fortune or any instance thereof, any untoward event, usually of lingering character or consequences, and such as the sufferer is not deemed directly responsible for; as, he had the misfortune to be born blind. Any considerable disappointment, failure, or misfortune, as regards outward circumstances, as loss of fortune, position, and the like, when long continued or attended with enduring consequences, constitutes adversity. For the loss of friends by death we commonly use affliction or bereavement. Calamity and disaster are used of sudden and severe misfortunes, often overwhelming; ill fortune and ill luck, of lighter troubles and failures. We speak of the misery of the poor, the hardships of the soldier. Affliction, chastening, trial, and tribulation have all an especially religious bearing, suggesting some disciplinary purpose of God with beneficent design. Affliction may be keen and bitter, but brief; tribulation is long and wearing. We speak of an affliction, but rarely of a tribulation, since tribulation is viewed as a continuous process, which may endure for years or for a lifetime; but we speak of our daily trials. Compare CATASTROPHE.

    Synonyms:
    adversity, affliction, bereavement, blow, calamity, chastening, chastisement, disappointment, disaster, distress, failure, hardship, harm, ill, ill fortune, ill luck, misadventure, mischance, misery, mishap, reverse, ruin, sorrow, stroke, trial, tribulation, trouble, visitation

    Antonyms:
    blessing, boon, comfort, consolation, good fortune, good luck, gratification, happiness, joy, pleasure, prosperity, relief, success, triumph

Princeton's WordNet

  1. misfortune, bad lucknoun

    unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event

    Synonyms:
    mishap, tough luck, ill luck, mischance, bad luck

    Antonyms:
    good fortune, good luck, luckiness

  2. misfortune, bad luck, tough luck, ill lucknoun

    an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes

    Synonyms:
    mishap, tough luck, ill luck, mischance, bad luck

    Antonyms:
    good fortune, luckiness, good luck

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Editors Contribution

  1. bad news

    Submitted by anonymous on July 12, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. misfortunenoun

    Synonyms:
    disaster, calamity, reverse, affliction, visitation, trial, blow, stroke, adversity, distress, hardship, trouble, ill-luck, ill fortune

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. misfortunenoun

    Synonyms:
    disaster, calamity, frustration, mischance, reverse, affliction, mishap, bad luck

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "misfortune":

    woe, unhappiness, misery, disgrace, accident, doom, misadventure, disaster

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How to use misfortune in a sentence?

  1. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895, Act I:

    To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

  2. Author Unknown:

    A great fortune in the hands of a fool is a great misfortune.

  3. Bharavi:

    As drops of bitter medicine, though minute, may have a salutary force, so words, though few and painful, uttered seasonably, may rouse the prostrate energies of those who meet misfortune with despondency.

  4. Mark Konyn:

    China's misfortune may prove to be Hong Kong's gain, the Hong Kong market remains a reliable and well governed alternative for China exposure and could represent good value once the dust settles.

  5. Anthony Trollope:

    Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.


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