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misadventure

[mis-uh d-ven-cher] /ˌmɪs ədˈvɛn tʃər/
noun
1.
an instance of bad fortune; mishap.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; mis-1 + adventure; replacing Middle English mesaventure < Old French
Synonyms
1. mischance, accident; disaster, calamity, catastrophe.
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  • But consideration for his parents' sensibilities would have required the suppression of this misadventure.
  • There's still plenty of opportunity for misadventure.
  • It is the latest misadventure for a government that has been stumbling since its inception.
  • misadventure piles on misadventure, but he bears it all with a grim cheerfulness and stubborn courage.
  • The organization's quest has been a misadventure, the list of failed candidates lengthy and occasionally laughable.
  • Accident in medical care a misadventure or poisoning occurring during surgery or other medical care.
British Dictionary definitions for misadventure

misadventure

/ˌmɪsədˈvɛntʃə/
noun
1.
an unlucky event; misfortune
2.
(law) accidental death not due to crime or negligence
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Word Origin and History for misadventure
n.

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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