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Synonyms for misfortune
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. misfortune, bad luck(noun)

    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 luck(noun)

    an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes

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

    Antonyms:
    good fortune, luckiness, good luck

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

Editors Contribution

  1. bad news

    Submitted by anonymous on July 12, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. misfortune(n.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. misfortune(n)

    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

How to pronounce misfortune?

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How to use misfortune in a sentence?

  1. Russell Baker:

    Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity.

  2. Victor Hugo:

    The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.”

  3. Marcus Aurelius:

    Here is a rule to remember in future, when anything tempts you to feel bitter: not “This is misfortune,” but “To bear this worthily is good fortune”.

  4. Hesiod:

    A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing.

  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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