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

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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 The misadventure began Friday evening, when the man’s 30-year-old girlfriend slipped him the hallucinogenic drug, according to Le Parisien. Antonia Noori Farzan, Twin Cities, "Tourist on LSD at Disneyland Paris disappears into pond, is found naked and confused a mile away," 25 Sep. 2019 To all his adventures and misadventures, Ashenden brings a cool, observational acuity. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "‘Ashenden’: the perfect late summer escape read, and a classic," 31 July 2019 Losing Face, directed by Magdalene Kennedy: After an unexpected misadventure, Una learns how to get out of her own head, and dabbles in arson in the process. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Sidewalk 2019: Look for these works from Alabama artists at the film festival," 22 Aug. 2019 Everywhere Theo goes, death and misadventure follow. Time, "Behind the Scenes of The Goldfinch, a Rare and Delicate Hollywood Specimen," 22 Aug. 2019 Only three of this year’s calls were for flare-ups attributable to fireworks misadventures — two trash bin blazes and a small grass fire in a median. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa police take fewer than 500 fireworks-related calls over 4th of July holiday season," 18 July 2019 Good Boys Bad decisions lead a trio of sixth-graders down a comical path of age-inappropriate misadventures. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. movie openings: ‘Good Boys,’ ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ and more," 11 Aug. 2019 The show, created by BoJack Horseman designer Lisa Hanawalt, followed an odd-couple pair of bird-woman besties (voiced by Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong) on often-surreal misadventures. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Netflix cancels Designated Survivor and Tuca & Bertie," 25 July 2019 The misadventures of Ryan Acosta, an American ninja in Japan, is just one of the silly stories that populates the world of Judgement. Matthew Gault, Time, "Judgement Is the Perfect Game for Getting Into Japan's Favorite Crime Series," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of misadventure

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for misadventure

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of misadventure

: an unlucky event or occurrence : a bad experience or accident that is usually minor


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Kids Definition of misadventure

: an unfortunate or unpleasant event


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Legal Definition of misadventure

: 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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