• An unfortunate man
    An unfortunate man
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unfortunate not auspicious; boding ill
    • adj unfortunate unsuitable or regrettable "an unfortunate choice of words","an unfortunate speech"
    • adj unfortunate not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune "an unfortunate turn of events","an unfortunate decision","unfortunate investments","an unfortunate night for all concerned"
    • n unfortunate a person who suffers misfortune
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Joseph Gayetty is credited for inventing toilet paper in 1857. Unfortunately, his invention failed and did not catch on until ten years later
    • a Unfortunate Not fortunate; unsuccessful; not prosperous; unlucky; attended with misfortune; unhappy; as, an unfortunate adventure; an unfortunate man; an unfortunate commander; unfortunate business.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When Coca-Cola began to be sold in China, they used characters that would sound like "Coca-Cola" when spoken. Unfortunately, what they turned out to mean was "Bite the wax tadpole". It did not sell well
    • unfortunate Not fortunate; not prosperous; unlucky; unhappy: as, an unfortunate adventure; an unfortunate man.
    • unfortunate Synonyms Unsuccessful, ill-fated, ill-starred, disastrous, calamitous. See fortunate.
    • n unfortunate One who or that which is unfortunate; one who has fallen into misfortune or misery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An African American chef in Albany, NY is thought to have been the inventor of potato chips sometime in 1865. Unfortunately, nobody knows his name.
    • adj Unfortunate un-for′tū-nāt not fortunate, prosperous, or successful
    • n Unfortunate one who is unfortunate, esp. a fallen woman
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  • Jeremy P. Johnson
    Jeremy P. Johnson
    “Every man wishes to rule the world. Unfortunately, the world rules every man.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “She has lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.”
  • Democritus
    “The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.”
  • Jean De La Fontaine
    “The fastidious are unfortunate; nothing satisfies them.”
  • F. L. Lucan
    F. L. Lucan
    “Nobody ever chooses the already unfortunate as objects of his loyal friendship.”
  • Anthony Trollope
    Anthony Trollope
    “Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”


In literature:

So valuable a union of learning and printing did not, unfortunately, last.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
The unfortunate man had fallen asleep, and the rats, which had in truth ventured out, fled to their homes as a matter of course.
"Post Haste" by R.M. Ballantyne
So," with an indifferent air, "you have seen the unfortunate man I spoke of?
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
But, unfortunately, this is true only of a small percentage.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
Unfortunately, however, I had made other arrangements, and was unable to accept his invitation.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Frequently the unfortunate and innocent relations of the evil-doer are bound and even beaten to death by the villagers.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The raft already appeared to be buried under the waves, and its unfortunate passengers immersed.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
When a lady is unfortunate enough to be driven to a lawyer for advice, she does not wish to make it known.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Brigadier Stopford was unfortunately killed in the attack, and other officers were wounded.
"Our Soldiers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Unfortunately, however, bread had become scarce, and there was no means of grinding wheat.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

In poetry:

I am as sad as Jacob,
As lonely as Jonah,
As patient as Job,
As unfortunate as Adam.
"Her Nails" by Edward Powys Mathers
As for the arm,
unfortunately it grew.
Though mother said a withered arm
would put me in Who's Who.
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton
There was a Young Lady of Clare,
Who was sadly pursued by a bear;
When she found she was tired,
She abruptly expired,
That unfortunate Lady of Clare.
"Limerick:There was a Young Lady of Clare" by Edward Lear
At length, like a lily new-wash'd in the dew,
She reach'd the drear prison's high gate,
And feebly she knock'd, while her fears stronger grew,
For her Edmund's unfortunate fate.
"Edmund And Anna" by Charlotte Dacre
To the king, or to any HE in Christendom, who would use his power to oppress the
unfortunate! But come, sir, we will not dispute about a hasty word--we have higher
duties to perform.
"The Maid Of Saxony; Or, Who's The Traitor? - Act I" by George Pope Morris
And then, those unfortunate weavers of Perth -
Not to know the vast difference Providence dooms
Between weavers of Perth and Peers of high birth,
'Twixt those who have heir-looms, and those who've but looms!
"An Expostulation to Lord King" by Thomas Moore

In news:

Unfortunately, there is no cure, but there are important strides being made in research that could change the lives of millions of people.
Unfortunately, in Santa Fe, most of these rides have been to 'Oh, hey, wait, aren.
Some unfortunate children have many more, and much worse, bad days.
Unfortunately The Fruitcake has passed on.
The caption to the photograph accompanying Tony Judt's "Magic Mountains" piece is unfortunately inaccurate.
Unfortunately, that means you have to go and buy your kids new school supplies.
If you took the under on Josh Hamilton making it through the first 12 days of the season without injury, unfortunately for the Texas Rangers, you can count yourself a winner.
CFN Gazette staff One of the state's most treasured examples of architecture is for sale … unfortunately, piece by piece.
Unfortunately I've become a to-do lister.
Unfortunately, a lot of the political debate these days seems to be just that.
Unfortunately, her matchmaking skills are keener than she imagined, and she fears losing Gram to a new life with Murray.
Yesterday, we reported on an unfortunate effect of EMI's $1.9 billion sale to Universal Music Group.
Unfortunately, the evening constellations of spring are not known for their flashiness.
David Weidner has an excellent column on the unfortunate case of Sergey Aleynikov, better known as the guy who stole computer code from Goldman Sachs.
Unfortunately, but certainly not unpredictably, the diversion of medications from health facilities is back in the news.

In science:

Unfortunately, in most cases it is not possible to prove whether a given theory belongs to one of the RMT universality classes.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Unfortunately, Northcott’s theorem on finitely gene rated fields does not hold in general (cf.
A note on polarizations of finitely generated fields
Unfortunately, we were not able to prove this up to now.
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
Unfortunately, we know no general formula for Ik ,l .
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
Unfortunately, this picture is too superficial and needs some discussion and refinement.
Interfacing Constraint-Based Grammars and Generation Algorithms