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1unfortunate

adjective un·for·tu·nate \-ˈfrch-nət, -ˈfr-chə-\

Definition of UNFORTUNATE

1
a :  not favored by fortune :  unsuccessful, unlucky <an unfortunate young man>
b :  marked or accompanied by or resulting in misfortune <an unfortunate decision>
2
a :  infelicitous, unsuitable <an unfortunate choice of words>
b :  deplorable, regrettable <an unfortunate lack of taste>

Examples of UNFORTUNATE

  1. She was unfortunate enough to have been chosen as an example.
  2. an unfortunate chain of events
  3. It's unfortunate that he couldn't be here for your birthday.
  4. He has an unfortunate tendency to show up late.
  5. an unfortunate choice of words

First Known Use of UNFORTUNATE

15th century

2unfortunate

noun

: an unfortunate person

Full Definition of UNFORTUNATE

:  an unfortunate person

Examples of UNFORTUNATE

  1. a group of poor unfortunates

First Known Use of UNFORTUNATE

1683
UNFORTUNATE Defined for Kids

unfortunate

adjective un·for·tu·nate \ˌən-ˈfr-chə-nət\

Definition of UNFORTUNATE for Kids

1
:  not fortunate :  unlucky <the unfortunate victim> <an unfortunate incident>
2
:  accompanied by or resulting in bad luck <an unfortunate decision>
3
:  not proper or suitable <an unfortunate remark>
un·for·tu·nate·ly adverb <Unfortunately, no one was home.>

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