an instance of bad fortune; mishap.

Origin of misadventure

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

Synonyms for misadventure

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Examples from the Web for misadventure

Contemporary Examples of misadventure

  • But as it turns out, Brown had his own Latin misadventure, one that may have skirted the law.

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    Jerry Brown's Castro Trouble

    A. L. Bardach

    October 5, 2010

Historical Examples of misadventure

  • It was more than a year since his misadventure in the mountains.

  • What could be the objection, even were the escapade to be discovered by misadventure?


    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

British Dictionary definitions for misadventure



an unlucky event; misfortune
law accidental death not due to crime or negligence
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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.).

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