- 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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Examples from the Web for unfortunately
Unfortunately, this is more about protecting the legacy of a ‘great man.’Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
I wish I could be writing to you under better circumstances, but unfortunately those avenues have closed up.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
Unfortunately, the underground tunnels that were used to transport booze and, if necessary, escaping patrons, are off-limits.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
Unfortunately, the most confused Ebola alarmists had millions of followers: Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter.2014: Revenge of the Creationists
Karl W. Giberson
December 27, 2014
Unfortunately, that means suppressing fire or cutting down all the pretty uninfected trees can cause mistletoe outbreaks.Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants
December 21, 2014
The general probability of his statements could not, unfortunately be gainsaid.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
To do this is not as easy as it would be if our race-mind worked that way; but unfortunately it does not.The Conquest of Fear
It is the sensible schemes, unfortunately, that are hopeless in England.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
The only cheap commodity, one unfortunately we cannot live upon, is the bouquet.In the Heart of Vosges
And we couldn't do the thing, unfortunately, as it deals with the harem.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- (sentence modifier) it is regrettable that; unluckily
- causing or attended by misfortune
- unlucky, unsuccessful, or unhappyan unfortunate character
- regrettable or unsuitablean unfortunate speech
- an unlucky person
Word Origin and History for unfortunately
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.