misadventure

[ mis-uhd-ven-cher ]
/ ˌmɪs ədˈvɛn tʃər /

noun

an instance of bad fortune; mishap.

Nearby words

  1. mis,
  2. mis en bouteilles,
  3. mis-,
  4. mis-sell,
  5. misaddress,
  6. misadvise,
  7. misaligned,
  8. misalignment,
  9. misalliance,
  10. misallocate

Origin of misadventure

1250–1300; mis-1 + adventure; replacing Middle English mesaventure < Old French

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British Dictionary definitions for misadventure

misadventure

/ (ˌmɪsədˈvɛntʃə) /

noun

an unlucky event; misfortune
law accidental death not due to crime or negligence
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Word Origin and History for misadventure

misadventure

n.

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

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