unfortunate

[uhn-fawr-chuh-nit]
adjective
1.
suffering from bad luck: an unfortunate person.
2.
unfavorable or inauspicious: an unfortunate beginning.
3.
regrettable or deplorable: an unfortunate remark.
4.
marked by or inviting misfortune: an unfortunate development.
5.
lamentable; sad: the unfortunate death of her parents.
noun
6.
an unfortunate person.

Origin:
1520–30; un-1 + fortunate

unfortunately, adverb
unfortunateness, noun


1. unsuccessful, hapless.
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unfortunate (ʌnˈfɔːtʃənɪt)
 
adj
1.  causing or attended by misfortune
2.  unlucky, unsuccessful, or unhappy: an unfortunate character
3.  regrettable or unsuitable: an unfortunate speech
 
n
4.  an unlucky person
 
un'fortunateness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

unfortunate
1520s, "unlucky," from un- (1) "not" + fortunate. 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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Example sentences for unfortunate
I do not advise the unfortunate excess of continual suffering.
This unfortunate combination caused religious observance to seriously wane.
Perhaps it was the first that the unfortunate creature had ever shed.
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