Definitions

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  • adv. Happening through bad luck, or because of some unfortunate event.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an unfortunate manner; by ill fortune; unhappily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. by bad luck

Etymologies

un- + fortunate + -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term unfortunately has been hijacked by those enamored with the so called trendier parts of Eastern religions and new age movements.

    Father John Bakas: Seeking The Mystical

  • The title unfortunately evokes its predecessor, a 1978 "Star Wars" clone that presented humanity fleeing through space, pursued by robots with the same blinking red LEDs that was later adopted by the talking car in “Knight Rider.”

    Going ‘Galactic’

  • I don't even know the title unfortunately and since I can't find any mention of it anywhere on the net I fear it may have been an unauthorized bio.

    I'm Still Raging!

  • They make up (a term unfortunately suggestive of transformation) hundreds of beds; they have equipages and 'night chamberlains;' '_On y parle français_;' '_Man spricht Deutsch_.'

    Some Private Views

  • Public transit, unfortunately, is not a viable option for a large swath of Americans (though there are some who refuse to consider it, even if it is a good option).

    Matthew Yglesias » Doubts About a Vehicle-Miles Traveled Tax

  • Difficult in this practical time to find a sincere husband like Wally & a lover wife like Fae, they are a romantic couple disappeared unfortunately from the youth generation, except few young people.

    John Brown – the author’s official site » Blog Archive » “Wally” by Aslyn

  • This, unfortunately, is a human condition we are now finally becoming keenly “aware” of.

    legalizing drug user possession

  • The problem, unfortunately, is that especially for the gringo community, information resources are extremely limited.

    Safety in Hotels

  • That's sort of the unspoken rule: literature – Moby Dick, The Lord of the Flies – can be almost entirely populated by male characters, but if a book has mostly female characters, it becomes 'women's fiction;' which for some people, unfortunately, is synonymous with 'chick-lit.'

    A Conversation with Laura Moriarty author of The Rest of Her Life

  • The real foil, unfortunately, is the audience -- which will find itself in the not-unfamiliar situation of watching a comedy whose best jokes have been given away in the commercials and trailers for the film.

    Marshall Fine: HuffPost Review: Due Date

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