(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. mishap, disaster, calamity, catastrophe; bad luck; adversity. See evil. Ant., good fortune.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Bad luck]
Syn. back luck, ill fortune, ill luck, adversity, affliction, adverse fortune, trouble, hardship, disadvantage, mischance, disappointment, reversal, setback, hard luck*, vexatiousness, discomfort, distress, loss, hard times, unpleasantness, untowardness, worry, anxiety, hard knocks.
Ant. good fortune, luck, advantage.
2. [An unlucky accident]
Syn. mishap, calamity, accident, misadventure, unlucky accident, disaster, reversal, disappointment, setback, mischance, blow, contretemps, comedown, tough break*; see also disaster .
See Synonym Study at affliction .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
bad luck, adversity, trouble, *bad break, trial, tribulation, setback, calamity, affliction, reversal, hardship, blow, disaster, tragedy. Knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.''—HermanMelville.
ANT.: goodluck, fortune, blessing, godsend
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Bad fortune: adversity, haplessness, unfortunateness, unluckiness, untowardness. See LUCK. 2. An unexpected and usually undesirable event: accident, casualty, contretemps, misadventure, mischance, mishap. See HELP, SURPRISE.

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