mis·ad·ven·ture | \ˌmi-səd-ˈven-chər \

Definition of misadventure 

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Synonyms & Antonyms for misadventure


adversity, ill, knock, mischance, misfortune, mishap, tragedy


fortune, luck, serendipity

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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

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Unfortunately, everything else in this misadventure, from annoying love interests to cloying sidekicks, is a mine cart going off the rails. 30. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "All of Steven Spielberg's movies (including 'Ready Player One'), ranked," 28 Mar. 2018 Brad Bird, after his misadventure with Tomorrowland, goes back to Yesterdayville with this 2004 sequel to his Pixar hit, featuring more adventures of the Parr family of superheroes, newly encouraged here to make further use of their powers. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Summer movies 2018: Here's when 'Ocean's 8,' 'Incredibles 2,' 'Jurassic World' and more hit theaters," 6 June 2018 Not long after Mickelson’s misadventure, Tiger Woods clubbed his ball from the pine straw alongside a fairway and sent it rocketing into the darkest reaches of a grove behind a green. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Day 2 at the Masters Starts With Mayhem and Ends With Patrick Reed in the Lead," 6 Apr. 2018 This bumbling, bungling, blundering media misadventure quite possibly changed the course of Magic history. Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Worst day of Dwight Howard's life was also one of worst days in Orlando Magic history," 18 June 2018 In 2016, the year of the Tay misadventure, Microsoft created an internal group called Aether, which stands for AI and Ethics in Engineering and Research, chaired by Eric Horvitz. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Unmasking A.I.'s Bias Problem," 25 June 2018 All of Cheryshev’s misadventures also cost him precious time with the national team. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Russian Soccer’s Foreign Agent," 24 June 2018 Sense and Sensibility Town Hall Theatre Company presents Kate Hamill’s rollicking adaptation of the Jane Austen novel about the misadventures of the Dashwood sisters — sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne — in gossipy Regency England. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of June 17," 14 June 2018 A15-year-old corgi named Pepper went missing in his West Virginia neighborhood this week, and the misadventure soon catapulted him to internet fame. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Corgi gets lost after storm, goes viral online," 19 June 2018

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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


mis·ad·ven·ture | \ˌmi-səd-ˈven-chər \

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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