American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An instance of misfortune; a mishap.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An unfortunate adventure or hap; a mischance; ill luck.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Mischance; misfortune; ill luck; unlucky accident; ill adventure.
- n. an instance of misfortune
- Middle English misaventure, from Old French mesaventure (Wiktionary)
- Middle English misaventure from Old French mesaventure, from mesavenir, to result in misfortune : mes-, badly; see mis-1 + avenir, to turn out (from Latin advenīre, to come to; see advent). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This misadventure is already serving as really funny material for your writings!”
“A 19-year-old man was fatally struck by a train in Pickering Sunday night in what police are describing as a "misadventure.”
“But men are also killed by "misadventure" - by senseless drowning, falls, and by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
“Therefore we removed the points gained by this type of "misadventure" - it includes a "look what you could have won" points tally.”
“A review of the resolution vote count makes it clear that the misadventure was a Republican idea; the only opposition came from 20 Democrats and 1 Independent in the Senate.”
“What I mean by that is either accident or, well, you know, therapeutic misadventure, which is more than just an accident.”
“The only misadventure occurs when a gold chain from my wife's bracelet becomes stuck in the tray table hinge.”
“Then the player said, "It's because Player X the one that the speaker blamed for the misadventure is a Jew.”
“A reposting on Matthew In Beirut, originally from winterson.com, depicting a Chinese bootleg DVD subtitling misadventure of Star Wars 3 thanks to Robin Edgerton.”
“George W. Bush has been accused, in the words of his former anti-terrorism czar, of doing "a terrible job" of fighting terrorism-distracted by what Richard Clarke called a misadventure in Iraq and a feckless defense of the homeland.”
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inspired by Mistakes Were Made. Words for things going wrong in a manner particularly violent, stupid, soul-crushing, boggling, grandiose, or any combination of these qualities.
wrongly; badly; unsuitably
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