On a gloomy day, you may feel compelled to list your misfortunes: a broken umbrella, a broken heart, a broken toe. Misfortune means bad luck or the state of having bad luck.

Break misfortune into its parts and you get mis- meaning bad and fortune meaning chance or luck. Sometimes it can feel like misfortune follows you. Picture it as a gloomy psychic named "Miss Fortune" who can only see the bad things in your future.

Definitions of misfortune

n an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes

bad luck, ill luck, tough luck
good fortune, good luck, luckiness
an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes
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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
lack of prosperity or happiness or health
catastrophe, disaster
a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune
an extreme condition or state (especially of adversity or disease)
a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity
adversity resulting from being made a victim
low-water mark, nadir
an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything
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circumstances, destiny, fate, fortune, lot, luck, portion
your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

n unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event

bad luck
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pity, shame
an unfortunate development
misadventure, mischance, mishap
an instance of misfortune
calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy
an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
a stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event
something that causes or entails suffering
a bad experience
an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
near miss
an accidental collision that is narrowly avoided
an accident in which a train runs off its track
ground loop
a sharp uncontrollable turn made by an airplane while moving along the ground
loss of air pressure in a tire when a hole is made by some sharp object
act of God, force majeure, inevitable accident, unavoidable casualty, vis major
a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events
a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil
a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death
kiss of death
something that is ruinous
a disaster comparable to a nuclear meltdown
any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)
any disaster or catastrophe
slip, trip
an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall
tidal wave
an unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide
a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic eruption
(computer science) an event that causes a computer system to become inoperative
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an event causing distress or pain

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