misfortune

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
  1. noun
    an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
    synonyms: bad luck, ill luck, tough luck
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    good fortune, good luck, luckiness
    an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes
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    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
    ill-being
    lack of prosperity or happiness or health
    catastrophe, disaster
    a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune
    extremity
    an extreme condition or state (especially of adversity or disease)
    distress
    a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
    affliction
    a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity
    victimization
    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)
  2. noun
    unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
    synonyms: 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
    adversity
    a stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event
    hardship
    something that causes or entails suffering
    knock
    a bad experience
    accident
    an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
    near miss
    an accidental collision that is narrowly avoided
    derailment
    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
    puncture
    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
    apocalypse
    a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil
    famine
    a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death
    kiss of death
    something that is ruinous
    meltdown
    a disaster comparable to a nuclear meltdown
    plague
    any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)
    visitation
    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
    tsunami
    a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic eruption
    crash
    (computer science) an event that causes a computer system to become inoperative
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    trouble
    an event causing distress or pain
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