- suffering from bad luck: an unfortunate person.
- unfavorable or inauspicious: an unfortunate beginning.
- regrettable or deplorable: an unfortunate remark.
- marked by or inviting misfortune: an unfortunate development.
- lamentable; sad: the unfortunate death of her parents.
- an unfortunate person.
Origin of unfortunate
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Related Wordsinappropriate, untoward, regrettable, lamentable, adverse, disastrous, deplorable, damaging, poor, doomed, desperate, afflicted, broken, burdened, calamitous, cursed, destitute, forsaken, hapless, hopeless
Examples from the Web for unfortunate
And when two bros start quoting the show to her, the unfortunate line, "Say 'old woman's pussy!'"‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards
December 29, 2014
The unfortunate reality is that race, gender, and economic status do matter when justice is meted out.The Post-Brown and Garner Question: Who ‘Deserves’ to Die?
December 9, 2014
How ironic and unfortunate that the critics tend to focus on one “bad” class or the other.Walmart Lifts Black Friday’s Curse
November 26, 2014
There is no doubt that some unfortunate reporter, tasked with working the weekend shift, would have looked into them.The IRS Email Double Standard
November 25, 2014
The many campaigns have an unfortunate way of blurring into one another.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
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
The unfortunate victim of the law came perilously close to despair then.Within the Law
It would have been unfortunate if it were otherwise, for he is very poor indeed.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
You have an unfortunate way, Eileen, of defeating your own ends.Her Father's Daughter
- causing or attended by misfortune
- unlucky, unsuccessful, or unhappyan unfortunate character
- regrettable or unsuitablean unfortunate speech
- an unlucky person
Word Origin and History for unfortunate
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.