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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Bad luck.
  • n. An unfortunate accident.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An accident, mistake, or problem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Evil accident; ill luck; misfortune; mischance.
  • intransitive v. To happen unluckily; -- used impersonally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An unfortunate or evil hap; mischance; misfortune.
  • n. A lapse from virtue.
  • n. Synonyms Mischance, Disaster, etc. See misfortune.
  • To happen or turn out ill; go wrong.

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

  • n. an instance of misfortune
  • n. an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate


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