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

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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Detailing the royal's partying, misadventures, and love for her family, the correspondence provides a candid picture of Margaret's life between 1949 and 1950. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "New Letters by Princess Margaret Reveal Love for Her "Heavenly Nephew" Prince Charles," 13 Mar. 2019 Jesse is joined in his misadventures by his childhood sweetheart and partner in crime, Tulip (Ruth Negga, Loving, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and a hard-partying, sweetly profane Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun, Misfits). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Preacher ends third season with a pop, not a bang," 28 Aug. 2018 Come for the relatable holiday misadventures, stay for ugly jumpers and the fight between two handsome Englishmen. Vogue, "13 Perfect Rom-Coms to Help With Your Holiday Hangover Right Now," 1 Jan. 2019 So just like that, Lively both failed and owned Instagram in one fell swoop, which should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following her charming social media misadventures. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Blake Lively Just Trolled Herself on Instagram to Hit Back at Haters," 17 Aug. 2018 Based on the 1955 animated classic, this modern retelling will once again chronicle the misadventures of Lady, a snooty Cocker Spaniel who falls in love with Tramp, a hardscrabble stray mutt from the other side of the tracks. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Tessa Thompson Will Reportedly Voice Lady in Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" Remake," 14 Aug. 2018 So just like that, Blake both failed and owned Instagram in one fell swoop, which should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following her charming social media misadventures. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Blake Lively Responds to Hater on Instagram With Hilarious Comment," 17 Aug. 2018 This completely darling new series follows the misadventures at an unusual summer camp where all the counselors are teenage witches, some of whom throw tea parties for monsters. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 5 July 2018 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

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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 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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