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[mis-uh d-ven-cher] /ˌmɪs ədˈvɛn tʃər/
an instance of bad fortune; mishap.
Origin of misadventure
1250-1300; mis-1 + adventure; replacing Middle English mesaventure < Old French
mischance, accident; disaster, calamity, catastrophe. Unabridged
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  • Darker shadows were to fall upon poor Noll through still deeper experience of deprivation, misadventure and despair.

    Oliver Goldsmith E. S. Lang Buckland
  • It is needless to go further into the details of this misadventure.

    The Golden Dream R.M. Ballantyne
  • Homicide is excusable and not criminal at all when committed either by misadventure or in self-defence.

  • It was more than a year since his misadventure in the mountains.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • For the injury is the same, although this mischance was not by a common negligence, but by misadventure.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Blindly persistent, Ivan refused to be discouraged by his misadventure.

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter
  • This misadventure that had overwhelmed him might frustrate all the promise of his life.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • Never shall I forget the howl of Spanish curses which greeted this misadventure.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • It was evident the captain was not going to visit the misadventure severely on their heads.

    The Master of the Shell Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for misadventure


an unlucky event; misfortune
(law) accidental death not due to crime or negligence
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Word Origin and History for misadventure

late 13c., misaventure, from Old French mesaventure (12c.) "accident, mishap," from mesavenir "to turn out badly;" see mis- (2) + adventure (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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