malheur

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

mal +‎ heur

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ma.lœʁ/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

malheur m (plural malheurs)

  1. sadness, unhappiness
    Synonym: tristesse
    J’étais tellement déçue qu’il ait plu le jour de notre mariage! C’était vraiment un malheur.
    I was so disappointed that it rained on our wedding day! It was truly a sad [moment].
  2. misfortune
    Il y a eu beaucoup de malheurs dans ma vie. Ça craint mais j'en ai beaucoup appris.
    There have been a lot of misfortunes in my life. It sucks but I've learned a lot from them.

Usage notes[edit]

Abstract nouns (a noun denoting an idea, quality, or state rather than a concrete object) in French [like other Romance languages] use definite articles prior to the noun—unlike English. I.e. Les malheurs sont parfois inévitables = Misfortunes are inevitable sometimes.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Czech: malér
  • German: Malheur
  • Hungarian: malőr

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