infortune

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin infortunium. See in- (not), and fortune.

Noun[edit]

infortune (usually uncountable, plural infortunes)

  1. (obsolete) misfortune
    • 1394, Chaucer, “v. 3591”, in The Monk's Tale[1]:
      Why sholde I nat thyn infortune acounte, Sith in estaat thow cloumbe were so hye?

Verb[edit]

infortune (third-person singular simple present infortunes, present participle infortuning, simple past and past participle infortuned)

  1. To afflict
  2. (astrology, of a planet) To have a malign influence

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Noun[edit]

infortune f (plural infortunes)

  1. misfortune
    • 1640, Pierre Corneille, “Act I, Scene I”, in Horace:
      C'en est peut-être assez pour une âme commune / Qui du moindre péril se fait une infortune
      That is enough, perhaps, for a soul of common sort / Who considers as misfortune the smallest danger
    • 1837, Louis Viardot, L’Ingénieux Hidalgo Don Quichotte de la Manche, translation of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Volume I, Chapter XXIX:
      Ce fut au fond des leurs [leurs âmes] que ceux qui avaient écouté le récit de ses infortunes ressentirent l’étonnement et la compassion qu’elle inspirait.
      It happened in the bottom of theirs [their souls] that those that had listened to the narrative of her misfortunes felt the astonishment and compassion that she inspired.

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