noun mis·chance \ˌmis-ˈchan(t)s\

: bad luck

: something caused by bad luck

Full Definition of MISCHANCE

:  bad luck
:  a piece of bad luck :  mishap

Examples of MISCHANCE

  1. two enemies brought together by mischance
  2. <the smallest mischance could spell disaster for our plan>


Middle English mischaunce, from Anglo-French meschance, from mes- mis- + chance chance
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of MISCHANCE

misfortune, mischance, adversity, mishap mean adverse fortune or an instance of this. misfortune may apply to either the incident or conjunction of events that is the cause of an unhappy change of fortune or to the ensuing state of distress <never lost hope even in the depths of misfortune>. mischance applies especially to a situation involving no more than slight inconvenience or minor annoyance <took the wrong road by mischance>. adversity applies to a state of grave or persistent misfortune <had never experienced great adversity>. mishap applies to an often trivial instance of bad luck <the usual mishaps of a family vacation>.


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