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MISFORTUNE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does misfortune mean? 

MISFORTUNE (noun)
  The noun MISFORTUNE has 2 senses:

1. unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
2. an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes

  Familiarity information: MISFORTUNE used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MISFORTUNE (noun)


Sense 1misfortune [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

misfortune; bad luck

Hypernyms ("misfortune" is a kind of...):

trouble (an event causing distress or pain)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "misfortune"):

pity; shame (an unfortunate development)

knock (a bad experience)

hardship (something that causes or entails suffering)

adversity (a stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event)

calamity; cataclysm; catastrophe; disaster; tragedy (an event resulting in great loss and misfortune)

misadventure; mischance; mishap (an instance of misfortune)


Sense 2misfortune [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

bad luck; ill luck; tough luck; misfortune

Hypernyms ("misfortune" is a kind of...):

circumstances; destiny; fate; fortune; lot; luck; portion (your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "misfortune"):

weakness (the condition of being financially weak)

adversity; hard knocks; hardship (a state of misfortune or affliction)

gutter; sewer; toilet (misfortune resulting in lost effort or money)

hard cheese (bad luck)

Antonym:

good fortune (an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes)


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