misadventure

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n misadventure an instance of misfortune
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Misadventure Mischance; misfortune; ill luck; unlucky accident; ill adventure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n misadventure An unfortunate adventure or hap; a mischance; ill luck.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Misadventure mis-ad-vent′ūr an unfortunate adventure: ill-luck: disaster
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Quotations

  • Fred A. Allen
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    “Life, in my estimation, is a biological misadventure that we terminate on the shoulders of six strange men whose only objective is to make a hole in one with you.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mesaventure, F. mésaventure,

Usage

In literature:

He must have fallen in by misadventure in the darkness before the moon rose, I conjectured.
"Border Ghost Stories" by Howard Pease
In the evolution of the Cascades, many have been the misadventures of volcanoes.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Where had it vanished, and through whose agency had this misadventure occurred?
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
He reached the road without misadventure and dropped lightly down upon its stone-paved surface.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
He was always so penitent after each misadventure!
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
Prodigious too is that of the Sitaris, who is exposed to similar misadventures.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
You are now in the straits of Tsugar, and near the scene of our former misadventure.
"In Eastern Seas" by J. J. Smith
Nor was this the first of Hastings's misadventures of the same sort.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Yet a third warning of misadventure on the left was received before dawn.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
This, I regret to say, was a misadventure.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
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In poetry:

I sport with solitude here in my regions,
Of misadventure have me a friend.
Who would live largely?Who would live freely?
Here to the wind-swept uplands ascend.
"Invitation" by Aurobindo Ghose
He slowed; he stopped; he paltered
Awhile with self, and faltered,
"Why courting misadventure shoreward roam?
To Molly, surely! Seek the woods with her till times have altered;
Charity favors home.
"The Alarm" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Another Euro 2012 misadventure, another colossal collapse of common sense.
In his excellent Middle East travelogue, "Baghdad Without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia," Tony Horwitz writes.
Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi.
' Hobbit ' a sluggish misadventure.
' Hobbit ' a sluggish misadventure with a TV sheen.
The inquest into Amy Winehouse's death has recorded a verdict of misadventure.
The Misadventures of Mink LaRue.
The Misadventures of Mink LaRue' by Noire.
I shook my head self-righteously when others would tell me of their puppies' misadventures.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl star's next project to debut on a major network.
"The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" creator and "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes have teamed up and sold a comedy series to ABC.
Fans of "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" can finally rejoice.
One woman's misadventures at boot camp.
All murder mystery fans, whether casual observers or dedicated sleuths, will find much to ponder in Bowie Community Theatre's current offering of BBC writer/producer Edward Taylor 's 1992 "Murder by Misadventure".
There's never a shortage of stories about a male politician getting in trouble for sexual misadventures, but how often do read about women in that situation.
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