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unfortunate

[uhn-fawr-chuh-nit] /ʌnˈfɔr tʃə nɪt/
adjective
1.
suffering from bad luck:
an unfortunate person.
2.
unfavorable or inauspicious:
an unfortunate beginning.
3.
regrettable or deplorable:
an unfortunate remark.
4.
marked by or inviting misfortune:
an unfortunate development.
5.
lamentable; sad:
the unfortunate death of her parents.
noun
6.
an unfortunate person.
Origin of unfortunate
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; un-1 + fortunate
Related forms
unfortunately, adverb
unfortunateness, noun
Synonyms
1. unsuccessful, hapless.
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  • It was unfortunate as to time, owing to the condition of affairs in Italy.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • She had just taken the class, and was so unfortunate as not to be acquainted with their names.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • The unfortunate victim of the law came perilously close to despair then.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • It would have been unfortunate if it were otherwise, for he is very poor indeed.

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  • You have an unfortunate way, Eileen, of defeating your own ends.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
British Dictionary definitions for unfortunate

unfortunate

/ʌnˈfɔːtʃənɪt/
adjective
1.
causing or attended by misfortune
2.
unlucky, unsuccessful, or unhappy: an unfortunate character
3.
regrettable or unsuitable: an unfortunate speech
noun
4.
an unlucky person
Derived Forms
unfortunateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unfortunate
adj.

1520s, "unlucky," from un- (1) "not" + fortunate. Infortunate in same sense is from late 14c. (along with a verb infortune "to render unhappy," and a noun meaning "bad luck). In late 18c.-early 19c., unfortunate woman was a polite way to say "prostitute." The noun meaning "one who is not fortunate" is recorded from 1630s.

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