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  • n. Plural form of misfortune.


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  • I was trying to show that disasters and what we call misfortunes are not necessarily evil, but are often the means of great blessing.

    Jeff Benson, or the Young Coastguardsman

  • Brother, through misfortunes, is not able to pay, your sixth of the above sum.

    Letter 158

  • It was, by and large, entirely the author of its own misfortunes from the top down.

    Archive 2007-10-21

  • It is not impossible, that what are commonly called misfortunes, are generally, in truth, the natural fruits of mismanagement, or imprudently indulged passion.

    Eoneguski, or, the Cherokee Chief: A Tale of Past Wars. Vol. I.

  • Nevertheless, among many other representations made to him, the housekeeper said to him, "In truth, master, if you do not keep still and stay quiet at home, and give over roaming mountains and valleys like a troubled spirit, looking for what they say are called adventures, but what I call misfortunes, I shall have to make complaint to God and the king with loud supplication to send some remedy."

    Don Quixote

  • Understanding this concept--that we are the authors of our own fortunes and "misfortunes"--may be outside the bounds of common sense but nevertheless describes how things actually do work.

    Activist Rennie Davis On Money The Hippie: Rennie Davis

  • Profiting from others’ misfortunes is a moral concern to many in the religious community and should be concern for all.

    The Courts

  • This site, however, appears to have been spared those sorts of misfortunes, which is ironic, of course.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact Paths of Disharmony

  • "I don't want to end up like the Bishop of Southwark," he said, recalling misfortunes in 2006 when the Rt Rev Tom Butler, the former bishop, left the Irish embassy having taken refreshment, and ended up in scandal.


  • To assess life by starting with your misfortunes is a sucker's game.

    Go ahead, hug that tree and give thanks


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