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[mis-uh d-ven-cher] /ˌmɪs ədˈvɛn tʃər/
an instance of bad fortune; mishap.
Origin of misadventure
1250-1300; mis-1 + adventure; replacing Middle English mesaventure < Old French
mischance, accident; disaster, calamity, catastrophe. Unabridged
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  • It was more than a year since his misadventure in the mountains.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • What could be the objection, even were the escapade to be discovered by misadventure?

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • The misadventure is rare of which we are not warned in advance.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • If she did not come they might be fearing that some misadventure had happened on the journey.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • Blindly persistent, Ivan refused to be discouraged by his misadventure.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • The only misadventure they had to fear was the loss of the galleon.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • Never shall I forget the howl of Spanish curses which greeted this misadventure.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • Instructed by the first misadventure, I once more entered the stream.

  • He looked a little pale, but otherwise was not much worse for his misadventure.

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
British Dictionary definitions for misadventure


an unlucky event; misfortune
(law) accidental death not due to crime or negligence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misadventure

late 13c., misaventure, from Old French mesaventure (12c.) "accident, mishap," from mesavenir "to turn out badly;" see mis- (2) + adventure (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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