Misfortune vs Misery - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between misfortune and misery
is that misfortune
is bad luck while misery
is great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe.
(uncountable) bad luck
* 2012 , July 15. Richard Williams in Guardian Unlimited,
Tour de France 2012: Carpet tacks cannot force Bradley Wiggins off track
- Cycling's complex etiquette contains an unwritten rule that riders in contention for a race win should not be penalised for sheer misfortune .
- The worst tour I have ever had the misfortune to experience.
(countable) an undesirable event such as an accident
* 1839 , Charles Robert Darwin,
- It was my fortune, or misfortune , to be called to the office of Chief Executive without any previous political training. - Ulysses S. Grant
The Voyage of the Beagle. , Chapter X
- The snowstorm, which was the cause of their misfortune , happened in the middle of January, corresponding to our July, and in the latitude of Durham!
- She had to come to terms with a number of misfortunes .
Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe.
Cause of misery; calamity; misfortune.
- Ever since his wife left him you can see the misery on his face .
* put out of one's misery