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I wish that I were old and ugly, fortuneless and an outcast—or dead.

A poor, fortuneless girl, of course her correspondence is limited, and there is none.

He may not have returned either so fortuneless or friendless.

Angry with him, they came to me and cruelly declared, that they would never allow him to wed such a fortuneless girl!

There was a small life-insurance settled upon Mrs. Lawrence, and the children would be fortuneless.

Perhaps in her heart of hearts she rejoiced at getting Mary engaged, even to so humble a suitor as fortuneless John Hammond.

What matter that he was fortuneless, a nobody, with but the poorest chances of success in the world?

But I, for thy misfortunes, shall endure with tears a fortuneless fortune.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "chance, luck as a force in human affairs," from Old French fortune "lot, good fortune, misfortune" (12c.), from Latin fortuna "chance, fate, good luck," from fors (genitive fortis) "chance, luck," possibly from PIE *bhrtu- and related to base *bher- (1) "to carry" (see infer).

Often personified as a goddess; her wheel betokens vicissitude. Sense of "owned wealth" first found in Spenser; probably it evolved from senses of "one's condition or standing in life," hence "position as determined by wealth," then "wealth" itself. Soldier of fortune first attested 1660s. Fortune 500 "most profitable American companies" is 1955, from the list published annually in "Fortune" magazine.

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