misfortune

Definitions

  • Misfortunes never come singly
    Misfortunes never come singly
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n misfortune unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
    • n misfortune an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Misfortune Bad fortune or luck; calamity; an evil accident; disaster; mishap; mischance. "Consider why the change was wrought,
      You 'll find his misfortune , not his fault."
    • v. i Misfortune To happen unluckily or unfortunately; to miscarry; to fail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n misfortune Ill fortune; especially, adverse fortune for which the sufferer is not directly responsible; adversity.
    • n misfortune An unfortunate event or circumstance; a mishap or accident; anything that causes harm or disappointment: as, he had the misfortune to break his leg; it was his misfortune, not his fault.
    • n misfortune A lapse from virtue.
    • n misfortune Synonyms Mischance, Mishap, Misfortune, Disaster, Calamity, Catastrophe, misadventure, ill, harm, reverse, blow, stroke, trouble. The first six words are arranged in the order of strength: they agree in denoting untoward events, produced by causes presumably independent of the sufferer. Mischance is the lightest word for that which is really disagreeable; a mishap may be comparatively a trivial thing; both generally apply to the experience of individuals. Misfortune is the most general of these words; a misfortune is a really serious matter; it may befall a person, family, or nation. A very serious misfortune affecting large numbers is a calamity, the central idea of which is wide-spread and general mischief. A disaster is not necessarily wide-spread; it is generally sudden, and its importance is in its effects upon other interests, as marring or ruining particular plans, hopes, courses, or conditions of things. A disaster may befall an individual; a calamity can come to an individual only by affecting his welfare largely, or bringing him into deep distress. A catastrophe is strictly a great misfortune bringing things to an end, a final crash, a finishing stroke: as, this brought on the catastrophe. See affliction.
    • misfortune To fall out unfortunately or unhappily; fail or miscarry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Misfortune mis-for′tūn ill-fortune: an evil accident: calamity:
    • n Misfortune mis-for′tūn (coll.) a euphemism for a lapse from virtue resulting in the birth of a natural child
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Quotations

  • William James
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    “Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.”
  • James Russell Lowell
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    “The misfortunes hardest to bear are these which never came.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
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    “All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows.”
  • Publilius Syrus
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    “Life itself is short, but lasts longer than misfortunes.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
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    “It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.”
  • Hesiod
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    “A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing.”

Usage

In literature:

The marriage was a misfortune.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
For myself such a misfortune would have been a death blow.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
The ring denotes marriage, the coin riches, and the button misfortune.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
She knew how to forgive offenses, and with still greater reason could she sympathize with misfortune.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
The pity which his misfortunes excited in Louis was mingled with contempt.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
I should be most unhappy if my misfortunes brought trouble upon you.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
Endeavour to find the king's son, and warn him of the misfortune which has come upon us.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
The misfortunes of the English after 1428 are easily explained.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Has he been subject to a misfortune of mistakes at all times?
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
These misfortunes always happen to the best.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Your fortune will soon be changed into misfortune.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
He was very kind, and said he called it "a misfortune" that you had all left me.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
His business rapidly increased, though occasionally he had heavy losses and misfortunes.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
But one day a most unexpected misfortune befell them.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
He was planning to extend his religion still farther when a misfortune fell upon him that probably caused his death.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
Overwhelmed by all these but too well merited misfortunes, he took refuge in an inn, where he tried to poison himself.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
After getting clear of this scrape, we thought ourselves fortunate, and made sail for Jamaica, but misfortune seemed to follow misfortune.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
A life of caution is overpaid by the avoidance of one serious misfortune.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
If misfortunes did come, why misfortunes must come.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
One would imagine you had never heard my father speak of her personal misfortunes, though I know you must fifty times.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
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In poetry:

ALAS! replied the other with a sigh,
In vain the nuns my virtue sought to try;
'Twas my misfortune:—patience heav'n bestow;
For worlds such wickedness I would not know.
"The Spectacles" by Jean de La Fontaine
Under an undermined and shot-bruised wall
A too-bold captain perish'd by the fall,
Whose brave misfortune happiest men envied,
That had a town for tomb, his bones to hide.
"Fall of a Wall" by John Donne
Midst the storms, which misfortune had gather'd,
What an angel thou wert unto me;
In that hour, when all friendship seem'd sever'd,
Thou didst bloom like the ever-green tree!
"Constancy, To----" by Thomas Gent
Their prophetic songs were left unfinished,
They fell victim to misfortune, were betrayed
In the bloom of life; and now their portraits watch me
From the walls, reproachfully.
"I Shall Soon Fall Prey To Rot" by Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov
When dire Misfortune's nipping wind
Sweeps o'er the sad and shrinking mind ;
Hope spreads her shield to ward the blow,
And chasing ev'ry spright of woe,
Whispers gay tidings of To-morrow.
"To-Morrow" by Laura Sophia Temple
But one summer evening there happened a misfortune,
Which caused the parents to weep and mourn,
For this little daughter, a loving little treasure,
Was a poor little wanderer far, far from home.
"Lost and Found" by Julia A Moore

In news:

Republicans delight in Democrats' Nebraska misfortune .
Orange Crush chat at 7 as Orioles try to reverse 2010 misfortune against Toronto.
Woman's misfortune followed by lucky trip to Superbowl.
New rule from Vols' misfortune .
Some Thoughts On Steiner's Misfortune .
How to Survive and Prosper discusses each these financial misfortunes and how to work around them.
We're celebrating his remarkable career – as well as the reissue of his long out of print instrumental recording Strict Tempo – with Today's Top Tune, an Irish jig called "Banish Misfortune ".
'The Glass Castle': Outrageous Misfortune .
Down Perform New Song, "The Misfortune Teller," Live.
You can check out fan-filmed footage of "The Misfortune Teller" below.
But the player-turned-broadcaster is using his misfortune to raise awareness of the problem.
ESPN's Stephen A Smith, the Lakers guard talks about frustration at the team's recent misfortune.
I have the extreme misfortune pleasure to be exposed to teenagers at home, and 20-somethings every day at work.
Kim Salmon, the center's director of community relations, said her team was saddened to hear of the misfortune that had befallen their neighbors .
Wasn't it supposed to be the drummer that always suffered the misfortune in Spinal Tap.
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In science:

Although both A’s and B ’s control loops would be stable if operating alone, by the misfortune of their engineers (independently) picking similar control loop periods, the combination of the two control loops may risk a positive feedback loop.
Icebergs in the Clouds: the Other Risks of Cloud Computing
By a misfortunate coincidence, this configuration was called toron by the authors of Ref. —the same name used before for a different ob ject— .
Yang-Mills Fields on the 4-dimensional torus. Part I: Classical Theory
The visitor statistics for the Eusprig 'Horror Stories' page www.eusprig.org/stories.htm show that people like to read about others' misfortune.
Information and Data Quality in Spreadsheets
One of the misfortunes of the 20th Century applied mathematics is that the volume scattering problem (VSP) for the Helmholtz equation was posed and is still being solved today as a boundary value problem for the scattered wave in a domain D , and worse yet, for each subdomain of D in a domain decomposition setting.
Total wave based fast direct solver for volume scattering problems
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