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MISFORTUNE (_countable and uncountable_, _plural_ MISFORTUNES) * (uncountable) bad luck * 2012, July 15. Richard Williams in Guardian Unlimited, Tour de France 2012: Carpet tacks cannot force Bradley Wiggins off track Cycling's complex etiquette contains an unwritten rule that riders in contention for a race win should not be penalised for sheer MISFORTUNE. _The worst tour I have ever had the MISFORTUNE to experience._ _It was my fortune, or MISFORTUNE, to be called to the office of Chief Executive without any previous political training._ - Ulysses S. Grant * (countable) an undesirable event such as an accident * 1839, Charles Robert Darwin, _The Voyage of the Beagle._, Chapter X The snowstorm, which was the cause of their MISFORTUNE, happened in the middle of January, corresponding to our July, and in the latitude of Durham! _She had to come to terms with a number of MISFORTUNES._ RELATED TERMS * misfortunate TRANSLATIONS

misfortune (countable and uncountable, plural misfortunes)

  1. (uncountable) bad luck
    The worst tour I have ever had the misfortune to experience.
    It was my fortune, or misfortune, to be called to the office of Chief Executive without any previous political training. - Ulysses S. Grant
  1. (countable) an undesirable event such as an accident
    She had to come to terms with a number of misfortunes.

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