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mischance

[mis-chans, -chahns]
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noun
  1. a mishap or misfortune.
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Origin of mischance

1250–1300; mis-1 + chance; replacing Middle English mescheance < Old French
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Related Words

misfortune, accident, catastrophe, misadventure, contretemps, mishap, calamity, miscalculation

Examples from the Web for mischance

Historical Examples

  • We can convey the intelligence of your mischance to her: the porter will befriend you.

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • By some mischance, it had been left lying on the parlour floor, and become forgotten.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • Arriving in Damascus they both stay at the same Hotel: mischance second.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • But, first of all, we must beware lest we meet with some mischance.

  • Now we have wept over our mischance, we will bury it and look to the future.

    An Orkney Maid

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr


British Dictionary definitions for mischance

mischance

noun
  1. bad luck
  2. a stroke of bad luck
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Word Origin and History for mischance

n.

c.1300, from Old French mescheance "misfortune, mishap, accident; wickedness, malice," from Vulgar Latin *minuscadentiam; see mis- (2) + chance (n.). Now usually "bad luck;" formerly much stronger: "calamity, disaster."

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v.

1540s, from mis- (1) + chance (v.). Related: Mischanced; mischancing.

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