mis·​ad·​ven·​ture ˌmi-səd-ˈven-chər How to pronounce misadventure (audio)

Examples of misadventure in a Sentence

His vacation turned into a series of misadventures. a string of financial misadventures eventually left him broke
Recent Examples on the Web While other series in the Star Trek universe focuses on the exciting adventures of captains and senior officers, Lower Decks takes a look at the often comedic misadventures of the low-ranking officers with menial jobs. Ryan Fleming, Deadline, 17 June 2024 Writing by the numbers Post-journalism, Downey wrote frequently and lyrically on Facebook and less often for CNN.com, where one of his columns celebrated a new movie about Jackie Robinson and shook its digital head at his own misadventures in screenwriting. Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press, 15 June 2024 Its ambling, shambling tour of crashing parties, crashing on available couches, and reluctantly crashing your way into maturity, one misadventure at a time, is not a bug but a feature here. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 9 May 2024 Anna Faris gives a laconic performance of epic proportions as Jane, an actress who inadvertently ingests pot cupcakes and sets off on proverbial misadventures. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 20 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for misadventure 

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Word History


Middle English mesaventure, from Anglo-French, from mesavenir to turn out badly, from mes- mis- + avenir to happen, from Latin advenire — more at adventure

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misadventure was in the 14th century

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“Misadventure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misadventure. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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Legal Definition


mis·​ad·​ven·​ture ˌmi-səd-ˈven-chər How to pronounce misadventure (audio)
: an accident that causes serious injury or death to a person and that does not involve negligence, wrongful purpose, or unlawful conduct

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