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mischance

[mis-chans, -chahns] /mɪsˈtʃæns, -ˈtʃɑns/
noun
1.
a mishap or misfortune.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; mis-1 + chance; replacing Middle English mescheance < Old French
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  • The safeguards of these items are all designed to prevent elevator movement when it should not or when a mischance occurs.
  • By some mischance he was caught by a falling tree, his neck was broken, and he was mangled almost beyond recognition.
British Dictionary definitions for mischance

mischance

/mɪsˈtʃɑːns/
noun
1.
bad luck
2.
a stroke of bad luck
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Word Origin and History for mischance
n.

c.1300, from Old French mescheance "misfortune, mishap, accident; wickedness, malice," from Vulgar Latin *minuscadentiam; see mis- (2) + chance (n.). Now usually "bad luck;" formerly much stronger: "calamity, disaster."

v.

1540s, from mis- (1) + chance (v.). Related: Mischanced; mischancing.

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