unfortunate

[ uhn-fawr-chuh-nit ]
/ ʌnˈfɔr tʃə nɪt /

adjective

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.

noun

an unfortunate person.

Origin of unfortunate

First recorded in 1520–30; un-1 + fortunate
Related formsun·for·tu·nate·ly, adverbun·for·tu·nate·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unfortunate

unfortunate

/ (ʌnˈfɔːtʃənɪt) /

adjective

causing or attended by misfortune
unlucky, unsuccessful, or unhappyan unfortunate character
regrettable or unsuitablean unfortunate speech

noun

an unlucky person
Derived Formsunfortunateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unfortunate

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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