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 Times did not include an opinion from the wives on their husbands’ misadventure. Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2021 With those words from referee John Hussey, the Dolphins stopped moving to the locker room after a what-was-that misadventure just before half. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Nov. 2021 What if there is another disruption in the supply chain and Taiwan, which is responsible for 60% of the world’s semiconductor manufacturing, does not deliver because of an earthquake or a political misadventure? Cyrus Hadavi, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 And the landscape of Lewiston, Maine, where much of the film takes place, seems like a breeding ground for misadventure. John Anderson, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 The title of this sweet, slight tale nods to the misadventure to which Diana consents. Lisa Kennedy, Variety, 11 Nov. 2021 The misadventure ends with an almost laughably implausible action sequence, followed by a prologue that lands somewhere between thoughtfully ambiguous and anticlimactic. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Kronz and Watkins posted about the misadventure on social media to warn others about how dangerous conditions are. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Oct. 2021 America’s two-decade-long misadventure in Afghanistan has ended. Robin Wrigh, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2021

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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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3 Jan 2022

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“Misadventure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misadventure. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce misadventure (audio) \

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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