Misfortune Definition Example Essays

  • Many young investors bemoaned the misfortune of equity portfolios shriveling up weeks after their cryptocurrency holdings also began deflating.

    —tiffany hsu, New York Times, "For Millennial Investors, a Harsh Lesson in Market Gyrations,"7 Feb. 2018

  • The pair soon realized looters were taking advantage of their misfortune, too.

    —chelsea brasted, NOLA.com, "'My spirit is intact': 1 year after the New Orleans East tornado, 1 couple goes home,"7 Feb. 2018

  • Young Frances Tiafoe has the misfortune or drawing Juan Martin del Potro.

    —the si staff, SI.com, "2018 Australian Open Roundtable: Predictions, Dark Horses and Top Storylines,"12 Jan. 2018

  • Therefore to nobody's surprise the Newcastle fans were quick to react to Pardew's misfortune, and took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

    —SI.com, "Newcastle Fans React Brilliantly on Twitter to Alan Pardew and West Brom Antics Abroad,"17 Feb. 2018

  • During the summer of 1977, Christine split with her boyfriend and had the tragic misfortune of meeting Rodney Alcala.

    —peter van sant, CBS News, "Rodney Alcala: The Killing Game,"17 Feb. 2018

  • There’s something in the air tonight, something that hasn’t been there before, a team that was struck by tragedy at a most inconvenient time, righted itself, and overcame the strikes of misfortune that would have been catastrophic.

    —bill lyon, Philly.com, "Deliverance is at hand for the Eagles, who will win the Super Bowl | Bill Lyon,"4 Feb. 2018

  • Anna Ziegler's 2016 play fictionalizes the case of David Reimer, born in 1965, who had the misfortune of becoming a living laboratory for theories about gender.

    —tony adler, Chicago Reader, "Arts / LGBT / Theater Boy shows the consequences of a gender experiment gone wrong,"24 Jan. 2018

  • The Pads had the misfortune of facing the winningest of all Yankees teams — a club that went 114-48 and finished 22 games ahead of second-place Boston.

    —tom krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sorry, Associated Press — San Diego is a good sports city, if you widen your view,"23 Jan. 2018

  • a blessing in disguise

    Meaning

    • misfortune which turns out to have advantages
    • good outcome from evil situation
    • an unfortunate event that later leads to an advantageous situation
    • an apparent misfortune that eventually results in a positive outcome
    • something that is bad at first, but later results in something good
    • a misfortune that unexpectedly turns into good fortune

    Example Sentences

    1. Losing that job turned out to be a blessing in disguise for him as it forced him to plunge into business.
    2. When Pete fractured his knee, it was a blessing in disguise, for he got some much needed rest and a break from his hectic work life and refocused on some important things in his life.
    3. Failing in his exams was a blessing in disguise, for he realized that he was not enjoying his course and decided to try out something else.
    4. Missing the train was a blessing in disguise, for we would have been on it when it met with an accident, killing many of it’s passengers.
    5. When her boyfriend dumped her, it was a blessing in disguise for Susan, for otherwise she would never have met the man who is now her husband.
    6. Alice’s car breaking down was a blessing in disguise for her; if it hadn’t, she could have been in the middle of that huge multi car pile up that happened on her way to work.

    Origin
    This phrase originated in the mid 1700s. The earliest usage in print was in the 1746 book “Reflections on a Flower-Garden” by James Hervey.

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