from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by undeserved bad luck; unlucky.
- adj. Causing misfortune; disastrous.
- adj. Regrettable; deplorable: an unfortunate lack of good manners.
- n. A victim of bad luck.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. not favored by fortune
- adj. marked or accompanied by or resulting in misfortune
- n. An unlucky person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not fortunate; unsuccessful; not prosperous; unlucky; attended with misfortune; unhappy
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not fortunate; not prosperous; unlucky; unhappy: as, an unfortunate adventure; an unfortunate man.
- Synonyms Unsuccessful, ill-fated, ill-starred, disastrous, calamitous. See fortunate.
- n. One who or that which is unfortunate; one who has fallen into misfortune or misery.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unsuitable or regrettable
- adj. not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune
- adj. not auspicious; boding ill
- n. a person who suffers misfortune
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Had he not said the unfortunate had a claim on all honorable men, and surely he was a man an _unfortunate_ might apply to, if any man was?
'A most unfortunate circumstance -- a most _unfortunate_ circumstance.
_unfortunate_ client for whom it is my privilege to appear, "said a young barrister, making his first essay in Westminster Hall --" the unfortunate client, my lord, for whom I appear -- hem! hem!
He warns of what he calls unfortunate consequences for Iran if that country continues its nuclear defiance.
And one of the candidates seeking the position made some, what I call unfortunate remarks.
WHITFIELD: Kerry criticized what he calls the unfortunate habit of Americans to see the world through an American lens.
WHITFIELD: Kerry criticized what he called the unfortunate habit of Americans to see the world through an American's lens.
She showed her devotion by taking no interest whatever in her husband's land schemes; by forbidding Eugene to play football at school for fear he might be injured; by impressing Adele with the necessity for vivacity and modishness because of what she called her unfortunate lack of beauty.
How precious to the unfortunate is a mark of interest!
Maskelyne, Astronomer Royal, a century ago, was intended especially for the use of navigators; hence the familiar appellation, which I call unfortunate because it leads to the impression that the work is simply an enlargement and improvement of the household almanac.