- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)II(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 .III(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, godsendIV(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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