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A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.
Walter Bagehot

Meaning of "misfortune" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF MISFORTUNE

misfortune  [mɪsˈfɔːtʃən] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF MISFORTUNE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Misfortune is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES MISFORTUNE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

misfortune

Misfortune

Misfortune is an Italian fairy tale, from Palermo, collected by Italo Calvino in his Italian Folktales. Another telling of the tale appears under the title Unfortunate in A Book of Enchantments and Curses, by Ruth Manning-Sanders.

Definition of misfortune in the English dictionary

The definition of misfortune in the dictionary is evil fortune; bad luck. Other definition of misfortune is an unfortunate or disastrous event; calamity.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH MISFORTUNE


beechen
ˈbiːtʃən
birchen
ˈbɜːtʃən
Christian
ˈkrɪstʃən
combustion
kəmˈbʌstʃən
congestion
kənˈdʒɛstʃən
digestion
dɪˈdʒɛstʃən
escutcheon
ɪˈskʌtʃən
exhaustion
ɪɡˈzɔːstʃən
falchion
ˈfɔːltʃən
fortune
ˈfɔːtʃən
indigestion
ˌɪndɪˈdʒɛstʃən
ingestion
ɪnˈdʒɛstʃən
larchen
ˈlɑːtʃən
luncheon
ˈlʌntʃən
puncheon
ˈpʌntʃən
question
ˈkwɛstʃən
richen
ˈrɪtʃən
suggestion
səˈdʒɛstʃən
truncheon
ˈtrʌntʃən
unchristian
ʌnˈkrɪstʃən

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE MISFORTUNE

misfaith
misfall
misfare
misfeasance
misfeasor
misfeature
misfeed
misfeign
misfield
misfile
misfire
misfit
misfitted
misfitting
misfocus
misform
misformation
misfortuned
misframe
misgauge

WORDS THAT END LIKE MISFORTUNE

attune
autotune
befortune
carry a tune
Dame Fortune
detune
fine-tune
give hostages to fortune
importune
infortune
inopportune
Neptune
opportune
retune
signature tune
small fortune
soldier of fortune
tune
unfortune
wheel of fortune

Synonyms and antonyms of misfortune in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «MISFORTUNE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «misfortune» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of misfortune

Translation of «misfortune» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF MISFORTUNE

Find out the translation of misfortune to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of misfortune from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «misfortune» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

不幸
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

desgracia
570 millions of speakers

English

misfortune
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

दुर्भाग्य
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

سُوءُ الْـحَظِ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

неудача
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

desgraça
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

দৈবদুর্বিপাক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

malchance
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kemalangan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Pech
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

不運
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

불운
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Misfortune
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sự bất hạnh
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

துரதிஷ்டம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

दुर्दैव
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

şanssızlık
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

sfortuna
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

nieszczęście
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

невдача
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ghinion
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

κακοτυχία
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

ongeluk
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

olycka
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

uhell
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of misfortune

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «MISFORTUNE»

The term «misfortune» is quite widely used and occupies the 32.991 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «MISFORTUNE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «misfortune» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «misfortune» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about misfortune

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10 QUOTES WITH «MISFORTUNE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word misfortune.
1
Aeschylus
For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune.
2
Walt Alston
Look at misfortune the same way you look at success - Don't Panic! Do you best and forget the consequences.
3
S. Ansky
A writer has a difficult fate, but a Jewish writer has an especially difficult fate. His soul is torn; he lives on two streets with three languages. It is a misfortune to live on this sort of 'border,' and that is what I have experienced.
4
Saint Teresa of Avila
It is no small misfortune and disgrace that, through our own fault, we neither understand our nature nor our origin.
5
Walter Bagehot
A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.
6
Lionel Barrymore
This is the age of insincerity. The movies had the misfortune to come along in the twentieth century, and because they appeal to the masses there can be no sincerity in them.
7
A. J. Bowen
To be fair, I don't think it's a plague to say I have the misfortune of making movies for a living.
8
Harry Browne
The government's War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term misfortune into a career choice.
9
Amanda Burton
I'm becoming more squeamish. I didn't use to be - nine years of 'Silent Witness' prepared me for most things one will have the misfortune to see in life. Before, I'd be wading up to my neck in gore, but now I tend to look away.
10
Lydia M. Child
Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «MISFORTUNE»

Discover the use of misfortune in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to misfortune and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Misfortune
Lord Loveall, heretofore heirless lord of the sprawling Love Hall, is the richest man in England.
Wesley Stace, 2006
2
Questioning Misfortune: The Pragmatics of Uncertainty in ...
Some of the most interesting ethnographies of experience are concerned to highlight the indeterminate nature of life. Questioning Misfortune is very much within this tradition.
Susan Reynolds Whyte, 1997
3
"It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own": A New History of ...
Argues that each succeeding group to occupy the American West exploited the land and native inhabitants to reap short term financial benefits
Richard White, 1991
4
Feasting on Misfortune: Journeys of the Human Spirit in ...
The themes of adversity and victories of the spirit draw together the stories of ordinary people in early Alberta.
David C. Jones, 1998
5
Death by Misfortune
They soon run up against the studio rumor mill, and Jeremy Reilly, a young studio AD determined to protect their prime suspect.The characters in this book also appear in Am Riley's Amor en Retrogrado.
A. m. Riley, 2010
6
Risk & Misfortune
Accidental cause as anachronistic explanation The first indication that accidents occupy a rather different location in late twentieth-century classifications of misfortune is the finding that a belief in accidents, rather than indicating a specifically ...
Judith Green, 2013
7
Divine Misfortune
But then they find Luka, raccoon god of prosperity. All he wants is a small cut of their good fortune. Oh - and to crash on their couch for a few days. DIVINE MISFORTUNE is a story of gods and mortals - in worship, in love, and at parties.
A. Lee Martinez, 2010
8
Soldiers of Misfortune: The Somervell and Mier Expeditions
What role did Texas President Sam Houston play? These are the questions that Sam Haynes addresses in this very readable book, which includes many dramatic excerpts from the diaries and letters of expedition participants.
Sam W. Haynes, 1997
9
A Future for Regional Australia: Escaping Global Misfortune
This book interprets the predicament faced by Australia's regional people from their own perspective and proposes a means by which they can act together to find a secure future under globalisation.
Ian Gray, Geoffrey Lawrence, 2001
10
Misfortune: A Novel
MISFORTUNE is a whirlwind tour of one of America's wealthiest communities that offers glimpses into the less than fairy-tale-like lives of its inhabitants.
Nancy Geary, 2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «MISFORTUNE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term misfortune is used in the context of the following news items.
1
McCain is a hero of misfortune
Isn't it time that you recognize the will of the people? Donald Trump is surging in the polls, yet you like the entrenched bureaucracy, want to tell ... «DesMoinesRegister.com, Jul 15»
2
Of Chinese yoga, hot noodles and stock market dishes to reverse …
Among the exotic dishes to reverse the misfortune in scrips is Hot and Spicy Crayfish, Duck Blood and Vermicelli Soup and Red Burned Lion ... «The Hans India, Jul 15»
3
El-Rufa'i, PMB and our oil misfortune
Penultimate Monday July 13, the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), Lagos, held the seventh in its series of annual ... «Daily Trust, Jul 15»
4
GRAIN HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories Of The Day
"They had the great misfortune to grow wheat where it rained too much," said David Marshall, of TFCG LLC, adding that loaded barges also are ... «Nasdaq, Jul 15»
5
Juan Pablo Montoya's rivals can't capitalize on his Iowa misfortune
NEWTON, Iowa — Despite leading the IndyCar Series points standings every week since the start of the season, Juan Pablo Montoya knew all ... «Indianapolis Star, Jul 15»
6
British Open: Marc Leishman takes play-off misfortune in his stride …
A slice of bad luck may have prevented Australian golfer Marc Leishman from claiming an unexpected major on Tuesday, but the laconic ... «ABC Online, Jul 15»
7
Ryan Hunter-Reay wins IndyCar race in Iowa
But no one could make Juan Pablo Montoya, the Colombian points leader, pay for his early misfortune. Ryan Hunter-Reay raced to his third ... «LA Daily News, Jul 15»
8
Thief struck by misfortune returns loot 20 years on
Jerusalem (AFP) - A thief struck by misfortune since stealing two artefacts 20 years ago has returned them along with an appeal to others to ... «Yahoo News, Jul 15»
9
Three points: Misfortune at right-back, spoilt for choice at left-back …
A win, a shut-out, a chance for the coaching staff to cast an eye over a different XI in each half and an opportunity for the young Academy ... «Gazette Live, Jul 15»
10
The Mets' Misfortune? It's Not All About Bad Luck
But it was a baseball executive, Branch Rickey, who said it, and it is worth repeating when considering the apparent misfortune of the sad, ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Misfortune [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/misfortune>. Jun 2021 ».
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