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From Middle English misfallen, equivalent to mis- + fall. Cognate with Dutch misvallen (“to misfall, miss in falling, displease, miscarry”), German missfallen (“to displease”), Icelandic misfalla (“to misuse”).
- (transitive, intransitive) To befall badly or incorrectly; happen unfortunately (to); mishappen; turn out badly.
- 1889, Henry Morley, Early prose romances:
- [...] let us abide together that, one with the counsel and that other with the deed, then may there nothing misfall to usward.
- 2009, Eric B. Hare, Skyscrapers:
- However, the principal and his students worked hard, and they soon had the buildings in shape for use and the farm doing as well as possible. Then a terrible misfortune misfell one of the neighbors who was most bitter in his tirades.
misfall (plural misfalls)